The Horse Whisperer

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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age 13+

Gorgeous, slow-paced '90s horse drama has mature themes.

PG-13 1998 168 minutes

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age 16+

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age 16+

Majestic drama about the process of loss, not for young teens or children

If you are or your youngster is the type of person that can really ‘live in the world of a movie’ for a few hours, this magnificent movie will invite you to do just that. The review by CSM is excellent in this respect. Just want to add that the character of Redford is based on a real-life horse whisperer: Buck Brannaman. Whose excellent auto-biography “The faraway horses” is even more of an inspiration than this fictional story. Age 16+: Usually we use the age of the (main) character of a film as a guideline if the subjects depicted in the film are suitable and/or can be related to by children. Due to the storyline of the mother in this movie, the movie is more suited for adults. However, I think by 16 that plot line can at least be taken in, if not related to. Also, the movie’s beginning is truly shocking for the sensitive, which are the (horse loving) people who can really appreciate this movie for its beauty and ease of pace. So steer away if this is what your child is like. When they’re older, they will really appreciate this movie all the more. Don’t watch this with young children! Lastly, I highly recommend to experience this great story first through the excellent book by Nicholas Evans. And then read the rest of his titles.

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