Black Beauty (2015)

Movie review by Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media
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age 7+

Poor performances undermine positive themes; teen romance.

PG 2015 86 minutes

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age 8+

Oh my goodness NO!

WOW! I wish I'd read the bad review before suffering 1.5 hours through this terrible film. The acting was atrocious. Hesitating, wooden and words not really appropriate (jerk, loser) for my 7 year old horse- crazed girl. The main actress was so phony and didn't even do her own riding. The grandpa tried to be the sympathetic guy but came off like he had a bad memory! Like Perry was terrible. Came off as a controlling ass of a dad ("boys are pigs! I know because I was one") Don't start the movie with your kid or you'll have to watch till the end and suffer as they don't care about acting!
age 6+


In my opinion, quite literally the worst film I have ever watched. I read the reviews but didn't quite believe anything could be that bad. My daughter is horse mad, which is why we thought we could overlook the negatives that others had raised, but even she was bored after about 10 minutes. The script is weak and clumsy, the acting wooden, the pace is just uncomfortable, and the storyline jumps all over the place. Even the sound levels feel so unbalanced that you can barely hear the dialogue in places, and there is an overpowering soundtrack with moments of time fill where you feel that something else really ought to be happening. The frequent voiceovers are completely pointless and just summarise things that the film really should have trusted its viewers to understand. The characters feel completely unbelievable. And for some reason the main character's arrival keeps tackily being announced by her legs first. I really can't think of anything positive to say, sorry! Oh... um... nice horse?? That was 40 minutes (we gave up!) I will never get back.

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