(2004)

Critic Reviews

54

Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
After a slow start, it moves.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The beautifully photographed film is quite stylized at times...But it manages to steer clear of the stereotypes one might expect of a movie set in this time and place, thanks in part to the underlying and, mostly, underplayed themes of spirituality and the search for identity.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
There is enough compelling adventure, awesome cinematography and dynamic stunt work involving horses to keep one entertained by Hidalgo.
63
There is some lovely cinematography by Shelly Johnson in the classic David Lean style and plenty of excitement. Taken just for that, Hidalgo delivers.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Hidalgo is the first Middle East western.
63
Chicago Tribune
A sometimes stirring, sometimes preposterous movie.
58
Entertainment Weekly
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.
50
An adventure that never met a cliche it couldn't saddle, mount and ride for a butt-numbing two hours and sixteen minutes.
50
New York Daily News
It's a bit of an oddball story, but surely there was a less plodding way to elaborate on it.
40
Wall Street Journal
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.

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