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A Champion Heart

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Girl and horse heal each other in faith-based tale.

Movie G 2018 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Good movie with a good message

I watched this with my 8 year old horse obsessed daughter. It was a good movie with a good message about overcoming fear and adversity. It also addressed things like bullying, loss, and grief. Faith and trust in God were both discussed and encouraged by the characters in the film. My daughter and I both enjoyed it and it was completely clean and family friendly.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 8+

Hurting heart can be changed with Mercy

Young pre-teen and teen girls will love this movie. A girl who lost mom, moved, was rejected finds a noble mission.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This pleasantly watchable film isn't much more than a rehash of a tired old recipe. See also: Rodeo & Juliet, Healed by Grace, Christmas Ranch, Rodeo Girl, The Horse Whisperer. In this case, take one self-absorbed teen girl, mix with equal amounts hard work and cute guy, and play for 90 minutes. The flavorless, simplistic, but inoffensive fare that results won't bother anyone, but it won't inspire anyone either. Director and co-writer David de Vos plays the dad of Mandy, and Mandy is played by his real-life daughter, Amanda de Vos, credited as Mandy Grace here. A Champion Heart relies on stock characters and a paint-by-numbers script with acting to match. Devan Key as Bradley is the exception: He has a spark that a better script might have developed.

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