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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Intense animated mustang tale has lots of peril, violence.

Movie G 2002 83 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 5+

I Love This Movie!:

I absolutely loved this movie and I still do! In fact, I grew up on this movie! It’s a household classic with my family! Contrary to the reviews on this movie, as well as the information about this movie, this movie does does have a meaning! The meaning and purpose of this movie is to bring awareness to the treatment of horses in some of the places like the one Spirit was in, as well as how they may obtain the horses in the first place. As for the “violence,” “peril,” and “drinking and smoking,” this was a 2002 movie. Back then, it wasn’t a big deal to show drinks or smoking in cartoons- Gaston and his crew drinks beer in Beauty and the Beast! Same goes for Captain Hook and his crew! As for the violence and peril aspects of the movie, I’m sure I’ve seen equal, if not more, violence and peril in Disney movies alone growing up, not even counting Dreamworks and Blue Sky films! So is this movie okay for your child to watch? In my opinion, yes- absolutely! Have fun laughing, comfort each other when crying (it’s a tearjerker sometimes!), and, most importantly, reiterate the overall message and awareness this movie brings. It’s a lovely movie! I highly recommend this movie for all families to watch and enjoy!
age 2+

The person who gave this an official review is drunk

To say this rating is inaccurate is an understatement. First of all, the movie is undoubtedly a 5/5 rating despite what anybody says. It caters to all ages, ethnicities, genders, political/religious affiliations, and pretty much anyone else who has a pulse. It’s one of the greatest animated films of all time, and here’s why: Spirit, the brave and unwavering heroic stallion, teaches every audience the importance of unconditional loyalty through his journey of being captured, getting enslaved, and fighting for his and his family’s freedom. Please name another animated movie that has a deeper, more intense plot than this. I’ll wait. So often we take for granted our upbringing. We forget about the people who have invested in us from the very beginning- our mothers (in this specific movie, an independent, SINGLE mother), our supportive family members and friends (Spirit’s close herd), and the mentors who always directed us back to what matters most in life (the soaring eagle which guided Spirit throughout his journey). Spirit reminds us of what it means to “give back” to the community that raised us. For the reviewer to say there are no role models in this movie is pure ignorance. This horse’s determination was powerful enough to effect multiple human beings, including Little Creek. This young Native American experienced a constant theme of Spirit’s heroism. From escaping the the fort via horseback, to dodging the blow from a bullet, to flying over the canyon ridge (again, via horseback), the man had no option but to honor and respect the stallion towards the end of the journey. He did so to the level of giving up his own beloved horse to be free with Spirit. Now to the person who represented Common Sense Reviews, how does this NOT represent a role model figure? Secondly, the horse had uncanny grit to experience what he experienced. Imagine getting kidnapped, harassed, shipped away hundreds of miles from home, and then enslaved. For any average person (much less, a horse), that’s quite a physical and emotional beat down. Not one minute did Spirit stray away from his ultimate mission of getting home to his family. He endured unimaginable exhaustion and pain in being taken by multiple human groups, he loved and lost love and had to find love all over again, he labored for days on end traveling hundreds of miles to get home. Nothing stopped him from achieving his goals, which is something I would say any true, noble role model exhibits. The person who represented Common Sense Reviews must not understand what it takes to WIN in life. Everything else in this 3/5 star review is stupid, too. Nobody cares about the bottles and smoke laying by the campfire. I didn’t even notice those things until they were pointed out. That’s just petty.... The horses were “in frequent peril”.... well YEAH OF COURSE THEY WERE. I don’t know how that’s any different from Belle being afraid of the Beast, or Marlin being afraid of a barracuda. Don’t knock the score for “violence” because of a natural state of being while in an uncomfortable situation. Lastly, to say that there’s no educational value to this movie is just absurd. I don’t even have to expand on this because everyone who has a functioning brain knows that there are historical and life lessons to take away from this story. To the person who represented Common Sense Reviews, please give credit where credit is due, and please go obtain some common sense for yourself.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (36 ):
Kids say (51 ):

Many kids will enjoy this traditionally animated story about a brave wild mustang in the 19th-century American West, but parents may find it overlong even at a running time of less than 90 minutes. Parents should also know that there are some scary scenes and that the story may be hard for younger children to follow because the horse characters don't talk.

There are some lovely and powerful images of horses racing through endless stretches of grass, mountains, and rivers. The scary scenes are very vivid, especially the fire and a railroad engine knocked off its tracks that comes tumbling downhill. But the story moves slowly, especially during the dreary Bryan Adams songs. The narration (by Matt Damon) is more poetic than descriptive, so younger kids will benefit from some discussion about the story.

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