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Hidalgo Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This movie needs a star performance at its center, and the director, Joe Johnston, doesn't seem to know it. His closeups dote on Mr. Mortensen's striking face, and on the actor's interesting inwardness, but he doesn't ask for, or find, the sort of zest that could turn laconic into romantic.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Simplest of its charms is the opportunity to watch Mortensen adapt his charismatic demeanor of wary, taciturn soulfulness from that of a Middle-earth king-in-waiting to one fitting a half-Lakota horseman in 1890.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    There is some lovely cinematography by Shelly Johnson in the classic David Lean style and plenty of excitement. Taken just for that, Hidalgo delivers.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    There is enough compelling adventure, awesome cinematography and dynamic stunt work involving horses to keep one entertained by Hidalgo.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    But if you do not have some secret place in your soul that still responds even a little to brave cowboys, beautiful princesses and noble horses, then you are way too grown up and need to cut back on cable news.

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Iffy for 13+

Formulaic, overly simple, too violent for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of violence, including swords, knives, and guns. We see the result of the massacre of Native Americans at Wounded Knee, with dead bodies everywhere. Characters and horses are shot, impaled, stabbed, and beheaded and one is threatened with castration. There are many tense scenes of peril, including quicksand. Characters drink, and Hopkins develops a drinking problem. A character smokes a hookah. There is some strong language and some crude humor. A woman offers Hopkins money and sex to get him to throw the race. The problem of prejudice against women and against those of other races, particularly mixed races, is a theme of the movie.

  • Families can talk about why Hopkins was so conflicted about his heritage and how his experience in the race made him understand it differently. They might want to look this tribute to "the legend of Frank Hopkins" and comments like these from historians who say that he fabricated his stories.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Killing, battle violence, knife, gun, sword fights, Indian massacre.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Brief crude humor, reference to castration.

  • language false0

    Language: Mild profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking, character with drinking problem, hookah.