Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

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A visually stunning film that may be too predictable and politically correct for adults, but should serve children well.

70%

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77%

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Follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed American frontier. Encountering man for the first time, Spirit defies being broken, even as he develops a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave. The courageous young stallion also finds love with a beautiful paint mare named Rain on his way to becoming one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Old West.

Cast & Crew

Matt Damon
Spirit
Voice
James Cromwell
The Colonel
Voice
Daniel Studi
Little Creek
Voice
Chopper Bernet
Sgt. Adams
Voice
Jeff LeBeau
Murphy, Railroad Foreman
Voice
John Rubano
Soldier
Voice
Adam Paul
Pete
Voice
Robert Cait
Jake
Voice
Hans Zimmer
Original Music
Kathy Altieri
Production Designer
Luc Desmarchelier
Art Direction
Robert W. Lukas
Art Direction
Teresa Cheng
Production Designer
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Critic Reviews for Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (89) | Rotten (39)

  • There's nothing thrilling or new about the work here, but accomplished it is.

    June 11, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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  • Spirit is smarter than your average cartoon because it doesn't try to joke around with a host of annoying talking animals.

    December 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • There's not much of a story, the whole thing's a bit superficial, and there's little to laugh at, but it's still a refreshing change from the norm.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • An exciting and exquisitely rendered film in which the horse goes through as many adventures and perils as Indiana Jones on a good day.

    November 4, 2002 | Rating: B+
  • A welcome family film that extols noble values and offers first-class animation.

    July 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • The dismal middleweight power-ballads served up by Bryan Adams could be described as balls-aching...

    July 11, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron

  • Mar 29, 2016
    A nice, if involving and somewhat predictable film that never truly reaches it's potential. The animation pops and it tries different things compared to other animated films of it's kind, and for that I respect it.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2013
    I really feel this film was lost potential. what I mean by that is that this film has one extremely fatal fault. It's the fact that the main character has a narration but doesn't talk. Now I like it that this film has a non-talking animal for once, but what is the point of giving him a narrative then if he isn't gonna talk? you already have him convey emotions well without dialogue with his facial expressions. But even then, they humanize the horse way too much, to the point that it just becomes distracting and I would've wanted him to talk. I feel that might've been what they originally had planned but scrapped it for some reason. Also the film is really also not all that interesting, the neighing gets old REALLY fast, and it's not very engaging. Many characters aren't interesting, and the music sounds far too, well, 80s sounding that it just feels off for this kind of film. The only thing I really like about the film is the villain played by James Cromwell, who plays a great bastard but actually has his limits, and I do like how the villain isn't killed off, in fact the villain knows he's beat and gives up, which I don't see in a lot of films. Other than that, it's just a bore. It has too many distracting features, characters aren't interesting, and it isn't well paced at all. I think more kids would be bored with Spirit than find it really funny or engaging. While it isnt the worst Dreamworks has done, it's not their best.
    Michael E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2012
    Stunning visual, yet the story is racially adjusted. A film that hides more subliminal messages than it seems. Checked my watch for at least 5 times, kinda boring and predictable.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2011
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I loved this movie when I first saw it and It would be great too see a sequel. It has some of the best, most well crafted animation techniques i've evr seen in an animated film. Its heartwarming and in it's dark moments it might even make you cry.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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