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52

Metascore

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90
Wall Street Journal
It's classic animation wedded to modern technology -- painted pictures that move in magical splendor.
83
Entertainment Weekly
An animated fairy tale made with simple, elegant conviction.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The film is short at 82 minutes, but surprisingly moving, and has a couple of really thrilling sequences.
75
A poetic and lovely tale, told as a silent picture with music and narration.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
A cartoon that's truly cinematic in scope, and a story that's compelling and heartfelt - even if the heart belongs to a big, four-legged herbivore.
75
A welcome family film that extols noble values and offers first-class animation.
75
ReelViews
Those for whom Spirit was made will find this to be a thoroughly enjoyable production. As a "kids' movie", Spirit is a resounding success.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Visually the film is a knockout. I'm not sure this will matter to the young adult audience, but the film is philosophically confusing.
63
New York Daily News
Popcorn-buyers, beware: This is no "Shrek," with raucous adult humor sailing over the heads of wee ones. This is "Sesame Street"-level, with white hats, black hats and simple moral messages.
63
Baltimore Sun
Spirit lacks that essential emotional resonance, and suffers because of it.
60
Despite its good intentions, Spirit is more self-conscious and uninspiring from a dramatic point of view than one might have wished. Still, whenever it threatens to get bogged down in earnest dramaturgy, a stirring visual sequence -- rouses us.
50
The result is a mishmash that is sometimes moving, sometimes absurd and most of the time just oddly off balance.

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