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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    One more feel-great sports movie with a teen-poetry title and Kurt Russell will have himself a trilogy.

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Recycles just about every sentimental ploy and cliche from a raft of horse racing movies.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Fanning and Russell make this watchable family entertainment, if not necessarily at today's prices.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Here's a case of clichés transmuted, for the most part, into stirring entertainment.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A well-made use of familiar materials.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Sweet horse movie that grade-school kids will enjoy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes scenes of family tensions, involving a young girl and her parents, and her grandfather. The movie features an early, brief scene where a racehorse stumbles on the track and breaks its leg (this might be difficult for younger viewers). As the movie is set at Kentucky stables and race tracks, some characters use colorful language ("hell" and "damn") and drink at a wealthy owner's home. While the girl is riding the horse, it becomes frightened and runs away in a panic, frightening the girl, who can't stop it (the father has her jump from a galloping horse into his arms, a nearly impossible feat). A jockey shows the girl surgery scars on his shoulders and chest, the result of a riding accident, and explains that he has bad dreams. The primary villain, a white male horse owner, exhibits racism toward Mexican workers. The father and his friend talk about breeding the mare, involving a stallion and a "teaser pony" (this might provoke questions for some kids).

  • Families can talk about the value and difficulties of pursuing what might seem impossible dreams. They might also consider the film's portrayal of generational conflicts: how does Ben and Pop's longstanding tension affect Ben's relationship with his young daughter?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Positive role models.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Horse falls during a race, horse runs away with girl riding (some frightening point of view shots); a jockey discusses his fall in a race, and shows his resulting scars.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Mild (damn and hell).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief wine drinking at an adults' gathering.