(1999)

Critic Reviews

22

Metascore

Based on 15 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
50
San Francisco Chronicle
It is aimed primarily at children, and its affectionate treatment of animals is certain to please most of them.
50
USA Today
It's just too soon after those silly talking dinosaurs to put up with any movie about a talking horse.
50
Mr. Showbiz
There's no spirit of adventure to separate this one from the pack.
50
Chicago Tribune
It's probably best to leave talking animal stories in the care of comedic filmmakers.
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.
40
A stunner marred by its central figure, a colt named Lucky, having been voiced (by Lukas Haas). Piovani's score is lyrical and emotionally charged, and it goes a long way toward negating the effects of the voice-over narration we're asked to accept.
38
Chicago Sun-Times
I seem to be developing a rule about talking animals: They can talk if they're cartoons or Muppets, but not if they're real.
38
New York Post
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.
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.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for Running Free (1999) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews | Message Board