The Black Stallion

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Breathtakingly beautiful, magical classic is a must-see.

G 1979 118 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 6+

Some gorgeous footage and fun in this classic horse movie

We (my 9 and 5 year olds and me) pretty much categorically love horse movies without too much conflict— and really liked but didn’t love this one. The beginning shipwreck scenes are scary (and were very realistic to my kids— they kept asking if it had really happened) but were manageable with a heads-up and some covered eyes. The section of the film with the boy and horse are absolutely stunning and engaging. The rest of the film wasn’t quite as much, but it was enjoyable and we are fine with slower paced films. My mom thought it was corny and unrealistic— but some of that comes with the territory with horse movies!

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age 5+

Great adventure!

This story was beautifully told. The cinematography is from a bygone era, back when it mattered to set up a shot or a scene just so. No cgi here. The musical score is phenomenal. Yes there is loss and the poor child is on his own, on a desert island. But he doesn't lose hope and I think a story like this is inspiring for young and old. The horse and the boy started the relationship right from scene one and they are truly friends. My 6 year old wanted to watch it again the next day despite the fact that it didn't have mind blowing animation or special effects. There is something to be said for old fashion story telling. It is two whole hours and he was spell bound the entire time. Make some popcorn and settle in!

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