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Flicka Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

… heart-stomping. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    57

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A thoroughly uninspiring drama that ultimately buckles under Michael Mayer's weighty direction.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    As for our heroine (Lohman), her archetypal struggle with crusty Pa (uncrusty Tim McGraw) feels attitude-heavy and life-lesson-light.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Classic book gallops to the big screen.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite a few corny lines, this is a wholesome family movie with heart that's guaranteed to appeal to horse-loving kids. Although Katy's rebellious nature is at the core of the story (which is based on the classic kids' novel My Friend Flicka), there are consequences to her actions, and her family comes together at the end and learns to communicate in a respectful way. There are refreshingly few references to sex (it is an animal movie, after all), and few instances of crude or cringe-worthy behavior.

  • Families can talk about the best way to communicate. Is it better to get things out in the open instead of letting them fester? Why?
  • Why is it important to see other people for who they truly are, ratherthan what you want them to be. Also, should Katy have adopted the wildhorse against her father's wishes?
  • How could she have handled herrebellious nature in a more respectful manner?
  • Why was it so importantfor her father to try to save the ranch?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The movie has some good lessons about respect, obedience, and family expectations.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Katy is rebellious and disobedient for most of the film, but her actions have consequences.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: A girl falls from a horse, causing injuries and bruises; a horse is attacked by a wild animal, and blood is shown.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Pretty mild: "Damn," "hell," "bitch," "ass," "frickin'."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Budweiser, Ford

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking and smoking in a bar scene.

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