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  • Summary: Based on the story of long distance rider Frank T. Hopkins, Hidalgo is an epic action-adventure and one man's journey of personal redemption. (Touchstone Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. It's mostly quite enjoyable. Director Joe Johnson's many action sequences are lively and engaging, the location photography (mostly Morocco) is breathtaking, and both the horse and Sharif (in his biggest Hollywood role in years) are adorable.
  2. After a slow start, it moves.
  3. Hokey though it is, with a horse-hugger ending thrown in to boot, Hidalgo has a sweet-natured appeal that welcomes sentiment without overdoing it.
  4. 60
    Mortensen nicely underplays his role, offhandedly tossing off one-liners and making the script's sometimes purple dialogue sound a little less cheesy, but the rest of the film often lurches into hammy overdrive.
  5. You might expect "Seabiscuit" meets "Lawrence of Arabia," but overall, it's a big, beautiful bore.
  6. 50
    The lost opportunity of Hidalgo isn't that it fails to live up to its potential for romantic adventure, but that it fails to dig into the romance between man and horse that's at the heart of the story.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    30
    Nothing more than a big old chunk of horse poop.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    9
    A remarkable that is based on a true story, Viggo Mortensen gave a great performance, the movie will have you hooked and dying to see how itA remarkable that is based on a true story, Viggo Mortensen gave a great performance, the movie will have you hooked and dying to see how it ends, a truly fantastic movie. Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2015
    8
    Adventurous, light, touching, beautiful movie. Hilarious at places, serious when need be. The competition turns into struggle for life, newAdventurous, light, touching, beautiful movie. Hilarious at places, serious when need be. The competition turns into struggle for life, new friends and enemies are found. Viggo Mortensen is in his elemnt. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2011
    7
    a predictable movie.....but still worth a watch coz of the horse HIDALGO ,the lead actor Viggo Mortensen and locations of ancientsa predictable movie.....but still worth a watch coz of the horse HIDALGO ,the lead actor Viggo Mortensen and locations of ancients arabia...beautifully directedand good photography.... Expand
  4. PatC.
    Jun 30, 2006
    2
    Your chance to see "A" actors in a "B" movie. A plot with possibilities is continually interrupted by scenes that are excruciatingly stupid.

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