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Hidalgo Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2004
An exciting, colorful and very appealing movie.
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.
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
March 9, 2004
A hybrid of both traditional and revisionist contradictions.
March 8, 2004
... filled with cliches.
March 5, 2004
One rousing, if rote, adventure.
March 5, 2004
Lawrence this ain't; not by a long shot, and certainly not by a dromedary's nose hair.
March 5, 2004
Limited by one-dimensional, even stereotypical characters and a predictable and drawn-out plot.
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
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
March 5, 2004
it's a flaccid affair, a movie that could stand to lose about 30 minutes right off the top.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Suffers from weird shifts in tone, offensively outdated stereotypes, a cumbersome subplot -- and a supposedly fact-based story that bears only a nodding acquaintance with reality.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 5, 2004
It's a bit of an oddball story, but surely there was a less plodding way to elaborate on it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 5, 2004
Every time someone opens his or her mouth, out comes something asinine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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
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
March 5, 2004
A thrilling race with cartoon contestants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 5, 2004
As sheer popcorn-munching fun, it's an often-rousing action-adventure that confirms Mortensen as a star.
Read More | Original Score: B-
March 5, 2004
This is a bigger-than-life, feel-good yarn with just enough dramatic charge to keep it from floating away.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 4, 2004
Feels like an old-fashioned Western, but not in a good way.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 4, 2004
Opulent, overlong and uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 4, 2004
Too hokey and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2004
Falls far short of the epic grandeur to which it so obviously aspires because it can't shut up.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 4, 2004
An intermittently savory stew of Pecos Bill, Laurence of Arabia, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
March 4, 2004
Far too tolerant of cliches and too seduced by its own special effects and battle scenes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 4, 2004
Bogs down in its midsection with a needless kidnapping subplot that ultimately becomes quite tedious.
March 3, 2004
Never quite settles into its paces.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
March 1, 2004
There is enough compelling adventure, awesome cinematography and dynamic stunt work involving horses to keep one entertained.