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Hidalgo Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 9, 2004
An adventure that never met a cliche it couldn't saddle, mount and ride for a butt-numbing two hours and sixteen minutes.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 18, 2004
An exciting, colorful and very appealing movie.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
March 16, 2004
It's a manqué of a rousing adventure tale and not the real thing. You're constantly aware of the gulf between how the movie wants to excite you and the halfhearted execution.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 11, 2004
Popcorn for us and oats for the horses, delivered by the tall drink of water that is Mortensen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice
March 9, 2004
A hybrid of both traditional and revisionist contradictions.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 8, 2004
... filled with cliches.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 6, 2004
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 5, 2004
One rousing, if rote, adventure.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 5, 2004
Lawrence this ain't; not by a long shot, and certainly not by a dromedary's nose hair.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 5, 2004
Limited by one-dimensional, even stereotypical characters and a predictable and drawn-out plot.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 5, 2004
Whether it's true or not has little to do with whether it works as a movie, and overall it does, thanks to Mortensen's slightly hesitant charm ... and some dazzling visual work from director of photography Shelley Johnson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 5, 2004
It's not as if we haven't seen movies like Hidalgo before -- the cowboy, the horse, the hat -- and yet there's something fresh about it all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 5, 2004
it's a flaccid affair, a movie that could stand to lose about 30 minutes right off the top.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 5, 2004
Suffers from weird shifts in tone, offensively outdated stereotypes, a cumbersome subplot -- and a supposedly fact-based story that bears only a nodding acquaintance with reality.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 5, 2004
It's a bit of an oddball story, but surely there was a less plodding way to elaborate on it.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 5, 2004
Every time someone opens his or her mouth, out comes something asinine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
March 5, 2004
It takes a thoroughbred star like Mortensen to make the bond between man and horses believable, and to keep Hidalgo from straying too far into fields of corn.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 5, 2004
True or supersized to legendary proportions, the story isn't especially well-told, and it's definitely void of nuance and depth.
| Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 5, 2004
Bold, exuberant and swashbuckling, it has the purity and simplicity of something Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn might have bounded through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 5, 2004
Like most movies about men and horses, Hidalgo spares no expense in matters of corniness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 5, 2004
A thrilling race with cartoon contestants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 5, 2004
Like last year's Seabiscuit, the movie spends too much time harping on ancillary bustle, and not enough watching the title character put his hoofs to work.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 5, 2004
Hokey though it is, with a horse-hugger ending thrown in to boot, Hidalgo has a sweet-natured appeal that welcomes sentiment without overdoing it.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 5, 2004
As sheer popcorn-munching fun, it's an often-rousing action-adventure that confirms Mortensen as a star.
| Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 5, 2004
This is a bigger-than-life, feel-good yarn with just enough dramatic charge to keep it from floating away.
| Original Score: B
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 4, 2004
There is a fun, scruffy little B movie buried under the expensive packaging, and it surfaces just enough to make Hidalgo a reasonably diverting popcorn event.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 4, 2004
This primitively plotted family action adventure is one of the few movies that seem to be making up their plots as they go along.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 4, 2004
Feels like an old-fashioned Western, but not in a good way.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 4, 2004
Opulent, overlong and uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 4, 2004
Too hokey and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 4, 2004
Falls far short of the epic grandeur to which it so obviously aspires because it can't shut up.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 4, 2004
An intermittently savory stew of Pecos Bill, Laurence of Arabia, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 4, 2004
Mortensen does an exquisite job of revealing just enough of the bottled-up angst to make us aware of the internal turmoil his character battles.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 4, 2004
Far too tolerant of cliches and too seduced by its own special effects and battle scenes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 4, 2004
Certainly has its problems, but they're outweighed by the simple pleasures of a picture that takes its cue equally from old-fashioned adventures like Gunga Din and newfangled ones like The Mummy.
| Original Score: B
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 4, 2004
Bogs down in its midsection with a needless kidnapping subplot that ultimately becomes quite tedious.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 3, 2004
Never quite settles into its paces.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 1, 2004
A sporadically entertaining adventure movie that is hampered by poor pacing, a badly focused screenplay, and cheesy special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 1, 2004
There is enough compelling adventure, awesome cinematography and dynamic stunt work involving horses to keep one entertained.