(2009)

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Metascore

Based on 16 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
83
Turns into a lyrical and stirring meditation on the mystery of autism.
78
A staggering document of the lengths parents will go to for the sake of their child.
75
The whole enterprise seems to be Isaacson's project. He narrates the film. Kristin, his wife, seems fully in accord with him, and they're both courageous, but I would have liked more insights from the side of her that teaches psychology.
75
It's a film that will both captivate and divide audiences.
75
It is an inspiring, well-assembled portrait of one man's love for his autistic 6-year-old son and the measures he's willing to go to help the boy -- and the family -- cope with his neurological challenges.
75
Provides a powerful look at the complex condition of autism and family dedication.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
For both the parents and the filmmakers, the journey of The Horse Boy was tough and utterly unpredictable, but their act of faith has produced a film that's surprisingly upbeat, evenhanded and imbued with wonder.
63
The story is nothing if not uplifting, but it unfolds in a conventional, uninspired documentary style better suited to the small screen, where it soon will reside. Wait.
63
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Raises more questions than it can answer in its travelogue format. It's because the premise is so intriguing and the drama is so compelling that the result is so confounding.
60
The Horse Boy comes off as both an edifying work of advocacy and an invasive home movie.
50
Well-meaning but trying documentary.

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