Hidalgo

Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. Fortunately, most of the malarkey in this movie seems intentional in the same Sunday-afternoon-serial way as the Indiana Jones movies (some of which Johnston worked on).
  3. Simplest of its charms is the opportunity to watch Mortensen adapt his charismatic demeanor of wary, taciturn soulfulness from that of a Middle-earth king-in-waiting to one fitting a half-Lakota horseman in 1890.
  4. 50
    Yet another version of the conscience-stricken white soldier Kevin Costner played in "Dances With Wolves" and the Indian killer-turned-noble warrior Tom Cruise gave us in "The Last Samurai."
  5. You might expect "Seabiscuit" meets "Lawrence of Arabia," but overall, it's a big, beautiful bore.
  6. It's a bit of an oddball story, but surely there was a less plodding way to elaborate on it.
  7. 50
    While often diverting and physically impressive in an old-fashioned way, Hidalgo suffers from weird shifts in tone, offensively outdated stereotypes, a cumbersome subplot - and a supposedly fact-based story that bears only a nodding acquaintance with reality.
  8. 50
    The racing itself is entertaining enough, though it's not so mesmerizing as the shorter, more focused competition in the far-superior "Seabiscuit."
  9. 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.
  10. The supporting cast is a riot of stock exotic characters, verging on the offensively stereotypical.
  11. 50
    An adventure that never met a cliche it couldn't saddle, mount and ride for a butt-numbing two hours and sixteen minutes.
  12. Ultimately, Hidalgo won't win any movie races, but I'd definitely bet on the movie to show.
  13. 50
    The screwball antics recall "Cannonball Run" more than David Lean.
  14. 40
    The much too long, primitively plotted family action adventure Hidalgo, directed by Joe Johnston, has a handful of well-handled sequences but, given the young audience the film is intended for, the picture may be like having to finish an entire pot of broccoli to get a couple of jelly beans for dessert.
  15. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    40
    This movie needs a star performance at its center, and the director, Joe Johnston, doesn't seem to know it. His closeups dote on Mr. Mortensen's striking face, and on the actor's interesting inwardness, but he doesn't ask for, or find, the sort of zest that could turn laconic into romantic.
  16. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    40
    Ultimately, Hidalgo falls down due to a neglect of basic story elements -- anonymous villains, a hero with no clear goal other than money, love interests who sound alternately gin-sodden and lobotomised -- and after a brief burst of energy staggers home at a mild limp.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2015
    9
    It is a good western.The racing scenes are poetry in motion.One of the best parts are defiantly the design of hidalgo.(The horse) A wild paintIt is a good western.The racing scenes are poetry in motion.One of the best parts are defiantly the design of hidalgo.(The horse) A wild paint horse is perfect. I just do not understand why people do not like this movie. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »