(2004)

Critic Reviews

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Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
The Hollywood Reporter
There is enough compelling adventure, awesome cinematography and dynamic stunt work involving horses to keep one entertained by Hidalgo.
70
Variety
Tells an old-fashioned boys' adventure yarn in an equally old-fashioned way.
70
L.A. Weekly
Hidalgo can still be a wonder to behold, especially in its dynamic racing sequences, but the movie bogs down in its midsection with a needless kidnapping subplot that ultimately becomes quite tedious.
63
ReelViews
A family film (albeit a mediocre one).
63
Chicago Tribune
A sometimes stirring, sometimes preposterous movie.
63
Performances are simple and complementary, and Hidalgo's potential death scene sustains suspense as much as is equinely possible.
60
The A.V. Club
Mortensen nicely underplays his role, offhandedly tossing off one-liners and making the script's sometimes purple dialogue sound a little less cheesy, but the rest of the film often lurches into hammy overdrive.
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
Dallas Observer
Yet another version of the conscience-stricken white soldier Kevin Costner played in "Dances With Wolves" and the Indian killer-turned-noble warrior Tom Cruise gave us in "The Last Samurai."
40
The much too long, primitively plotted family action adventure Hidalgo, directed by Joe Johnston, has a handful of well-handled sequences but, given the young audience the film is intended for, the picture may be like having to finish an entire pot of broccoli to get a couple of jelly beans for dessert.

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