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  • Summary: In this contemporary adaptation of Mary O'Hara's beloved novel "My Friend Flicka," 16-year-old Katy McLaughlin dreams of fulfilling her family legacy by working on her father's ranch in modern-day Wyoming. But Katy's father wants more for her, insisting that Katy go to college. Katy finds aIn this contemporary adaptation of Mary O'Hara's beloved novel "My Friend Flicka," 16-year-old Katy McLaughlin dreams of fulfilling her family legacy by working on her father's ranch in modern-day Wyoming. But Katy's father wants more for her, insisting that Katy go to college. Katy finds a wild mustang, which she names Flicka, and sets out to make her a riding horse. But Flicka and Katy are more alike than she could have imagined. Like Katy, Flicka has a disdain for authority and is not about to give up her freedom without a fight. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    It's not really either an animal or a kids' film but rather a young adult drama that rings emotionally true.
  2. So those seeking a softer approach to the realities of both child- and animal-rearing should search elsewhere. The rest of us, meanwhile, are free to enjoy a well-made family drama pitched to young adults that's honest, tough and surprisingly engaging.
  3. 75
    The film paints a fairly realistic portrait of four people bound by blood but -- like all of us -- all too capable of underestimating each other.
  4. Reviewed by: David Gilmour
    63
    Yet -- and this must be said in all fairness -- as things progress, the magic of the story asserts itself over the audience.
  5. An entertainingly ridiculous update of Mary O’Hara’s 1941 children’s novel, “My Friend Flicka.”
  6. Another miscalculation by sophomore director Michael Mayer.
  7. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    20
    No doubt the most devoted horse lovers in the tween set will get their fill, but parents should sneak out for a very long popcorn break.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. DeannaM.
    Oct 26, 2006
    10
    A great family film. I liked it so much I saw it twice. Great preformances. Would recommend for all family's. Go Tim McGraw!
  2. MonikaC.
    Feb 19, 2007
    10
    Flicka is the best movie on earth a LOVED that movie, Alison Lohman is an amazing actress!
  3. MaddieK.
    Mar 16, 2007
    10
    Amazing movie, about being free, and a great lesson to anyone who does not respect the horse.
  4. BillC.
    Oct 29, 2006
    8
    Family film fare at as good a level as anything out there. It reminded me of the old Lassie TV shows of the 50's , but updated to a more Family film fare at as good a level as anything out there. It reminded me of the old Lassie TV shows of the 50's , but updated to a more honest level. Teenagers actually do argue with their parents sometimes and they don't always see eye-to-eye. They didn't allow for much of that in the 1950's TV Land, but it was happening then too. A film about Family, tradition, conflict and resolution. It's not Mission Impossible 3, thank god! Expand
  5. LewK.
    Oct 27, 2006
    5
    Did I miss something? I went to see this because I remember so fondly the original "My Friend Flicka," and, of course, "Thunderhead." As I Did I miss something? I went to see this because I remember so fondly the original "My Friend Flicka," and, of course, "Thunderhead." As I recall, when the rifle shot was heard in the distance--the intention being to put Flicka out of her misery--it was the mountain lion who was killed. A nice twist to the climax. Yet, in the new film I don't recall hearing anyone even ask about the shot and no mention of the big cat. Big dramatic opportunity missed here. Unless I fell asleep! Expand
  6. RB.
    Oct 22, 2006
    2
    This is not a family film, unless you want your family to learn that constant disobedience is the key to success.
  7. AlT.
    May 21, 2007
    0
    Another awe inspiring tale of how once again, your children as supposed to rebel against everything in the world so that they can become Another awe inspiring tale of how once again, your children as supposed to rebel against everything in the world so that they can become strong individuals and rule the world... But once again, we see all of the qualities needed for a strong individual in place only to be defiant, rebellious, and oh... did I mention lazy? Any ranch hand would roll their eyes and this and just agree that this is more what real life on the ranch is. Family that expects the hired hands to do their work, plus theirs and not gripe. First off, ya, smart, thanks to Mom and Dad's cash, which they sacrifice in order for her to get a decent education, is returned in appreciation by a doot da doo girl looking for nothing but a free ride and "understanding". But of course, we have all been there: We didn Expand

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