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  • Summary: Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story tells the story of a father who, for the love of his daughter, sacrifices almost everything to save the life of an injured racehorse and bring the promising filly back to her former glory. (DreamWorks)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Thebest sports movies aren't really about sports. Dreamer has a few thundering horse races, but its finest moments are beautifully still ones, like the one in which a little girl peeks through a fence to give a lame filly a Popsicle.
  2. 75
    Mom (Elisabeth Shue) suffers from the fatal movie ailment of being so underwritten she's practically see-through.
  3. 70
    This is as corny as it sounds, and yet not half as cloying and sentimental as you expect. At the end of the day, the horse may win the race, but the fate of the American heartland looms large and unresolved.
  4. 60
    There are no surprises in Dreamer--except that for all its visible and unselfconscious schmaltz, it's actually pretty enjoyable.
  5. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    One more feel-great sports movie with a teen-poetry title and Kurt Russell will have himself a trilogy.
  6. Kurt Russell and Kris Kristofferson, both graceful and naturalistic actors, are the best things going in this formulaic drama.
  7. As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- "Dreamer" is singularly unexciting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. Aug 23, 2012
    I enjoyed watching this movie, but I wish there were more progression with the horse and the characters before going into the very best race (such as the true steel movie, where there were many challenges, where they start losing and win later). Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie is so unbelievably predictable. I kid you not, before the movie I guessed the ENTIRE plot when i heard it was about a girl and a race horse. It is so cliche that I guessed each sunset scene, the part where the bad guy tries to buy the horse, the horse being announced last in the choosing of horses to race, and the hopeless race that they suddenly won. I do not believe this is a true story. It's a load of crap. It is an abomination of cinema and pathetic. Expand

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