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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Sweet horse movie that grade-school kids will enjoy.

Movie PG 2005 105 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

a great movie

some scary and intense scences but still great movie.

Is It Any Good?

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Charming, predictable, and good fun for kids, John Gatins' movie stretches credibility (with a spotty record, Sonador is invited to run in the prestigious Breeder's Cup), but it's sweet as can be. It's enhanced by gorgeous tracking shots over wide Kentucky expanses, and earnest father-daughter exchanges. Russell is phenomenal, utterly convincing even when saddled with clichéd dialogue that initially sets him against Cale: "She's not a pet," and "Every racehorse is for sale!".

Cale feeds Sonya popsicles, and the horse follows her around in the paddock, in adorable, swelling-strings-scored scenes that will delight young viewers. While Cale and Sonya make Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story great for kids, the evolving relationship between Cale and Ben provides some substance for parents too.

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