(1999)

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Metascore

Based on 15 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
50
Bodrov's staging and cutting does a perfectly good job conveying their anthropomorphized feelings and motives; the spoken drivel is just a distraction. The film's human characters are largely inconsequential.
50
USA Today
It's just too soon after those silly talking dinosaurs to put up with any movie about a talking horse.
38
Suffers from terminal hoof-in-mouth disease.
30
Chicago Reader
The majesty of the landscape and the sweetness of a plot strand about the horse learning survival skills from a 12-year-old girl might have been more intriguing without the cloying voice-over.
20
Dallas Observer
Awful narration almost ruins the ghostly, gorgeous Running Free.
20
Vacillates between cutesy Disney-style anthropomorphism and "Born Free" exoticism.
10
A profoundly disappointing attempt to reinvigorate the animal movie genre with the classic ingredients of physical poetry and mythical storytelling.
10
Film.com
If you're looking for something child-appropriate that'll actually keep the little darlings awake for two hours straight, you'd do better...and cheaper...to just stay at home with the Discovery Channel.
10
L.A. Weekly
Let horses be horses, scrap the tin-eared Lukas Haas narration.
0
Entertainment Weekly
This may be the first talking-animal movie in which the critter hero seems to have been body-snatched by a commentator from C-SPAN.

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