Hidalgo

User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 72
  2. Negative: 10 out of 72

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  1. Triniman
    Mar 6, 2004
    4
    This film is Sea Biscuit meets Lawrence of Arabia meets Indian Jones. All the carictures that represent the worst of Hollywood, are here. Famed US cavalry dispatch rider Frank T. Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo, get invited to the greatest cross-country horse race in the future, in Arabia. The Sheik is offended that Hopkins' horse is billed as the world's greatest long-distance This film is Sea Biscuit meets Lawrence of Arabia meets Indian Jones. All the carictures that represent the worst of Hollywood, are here. Famed US cavalry dispatch rider Frank T. Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo, get invited to the greatest cross-country horse race in the future, in Arabia. The Sheik is offended that Hopkins' horse is billed as the world's greatest long-distance rider in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Viggo Mortensen plays the lead character (although the movie is named after the horse), however, his performanace is too dry. And he mumbles several lines. Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia's Sherif Ali, plays the role of the wealthy Sheikh Riyadh, but he brings nothing but cliche to the character. Zuleikha Robinson, one of the supporting cast "spies" from The Lone Gunmen, plays the role of the Sheik's daughter, but without even attempting to hide her American accent. There's one interesting surprise, but it's not really germaine to the story. While based on a true story, this film is pure, predicatable Hollywood hokum. The dialogue is as Disney corny as it gets. And it proves that Mortensen, fresh from the triumphant LOTR trilogy, can't carry a film by himself. He's no Harrison Ford. Expand
  2. MichaelD.
    Apr 13, 2004
    6
    Entertaining, predictable (it WAS a disney movie after all), stunning scenery, but quite racist and ethnocentric.
  3. MarkB.
    Jun 21, 2004
    6
    It's not screenwriter John Fusco's or director Joe Johnston's fault that the first 20 minutes of this"Middle Eastern-Western" play so similarly to those of The Last Samurai, but this overlong and mostly humorless slog of a would-be epic falls short of the finish line in lots of other ways. Part of the problem is the subject matter: as Richard Brooks demonstrated nearly 3 It's not screenwriter John Fusco's or director Joe Johnston's fault that the first 20 minutes of this"Middle Eastern-Western" play so similarly to those of The Last Samurai, but this overlong and mostly humorless slog of a would-be epic falls short of the finish line in lots of other ways. Part of the problem is the subject matter: as Richard Brooks demonstrated nearly 3 decades ago in Bite the Bullet, long distance horse-racing is just too diffuse and unwieldy to translate well to film. It just isn't tight enough to have the immediacy or suspense of the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness. (The fact that Seabiscuit captured far more moviegoers' hearts--to say nothing of box-officedollars--would appear to back me up.) The apparent Lord of the Rings curse started by Sean Astin, who totally humiliated himself in 50 First Dates, continues with an ineffective lead performance by Viggo Mortensen that features none, NONE of the charisma he effortlessly demonstrated in Peter Jackson's epics. (At best he comes off like a very soft-spoken Joe Buck.) Heck, even the HORSE who plays the title role isn't much of a screen presence! For the second time this year, Omar Sharif is the major drawing card for an otherwise questionable movie; he was absolutely charming in that otherwise tiresome, shopworn bag of platitudes known as Monsieur Ibrahim, and here, as Mortensen's Hugh Griffith-likesponsor/rival/adversary/friend, he's so engaging that you want the film to focus on HIM, not Mortensen. Who'da thunk that in the 21st century, producers would be yelling, "This movie's in trouble! Get Doctor Zhivago!!"?? Expand
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
  1. There is enough compelling adventure, awesome cinematography and dynamic stunt work involving horses to keep one entertained by Hidalgo.
  2. 63
    A family film (albeit a mediocre one).
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Tells an old-fashioned boys' adventure yarn in an equally old-fashioned way.