Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. 50
    There's no spirit of adventure to separate this one from the pack.
  2. Reviewed by: Monica Eng
    It's probably best to leave talking animal stories in the care of comedic filmmakers.
  3. It is aimed primarily at children, and its affectionate treatment of animals is certain to please most of them.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    It's just too soon after those silly talking dinosaurs to put up with any movie about a talking horse.
  5. 50
    Bodrov's staging and cutting does a perfectly good job conveying their anthropomorphized feelings and motives; the spoken drivel is just a distraction. The film's human characters are largely inconsequential.
  6. A stunner marred by its central figure, a colt named Lucky, having been voiced (by Lukas Haas). Piovani's score is lyrical and emotionally charged, and it goes a long way toward negating the effects of the voice-over narration we're asked to accept.
  7. 38
    I seem to be developing a rule about talking animals: They can talk if they're cartoons or Muppets, but not if they're real.
  8. 38
    Suffers from terminal hoof-in-mouth disease.
  9. 30
    The majesty of the landscape and the sweetness of a plot strand about the horse learning survival skills from a 12-year-old girl might have been more intriguing without the cloying voice-over.
  10. Awful narration almost ruins the ghostly, gorgeous Running Free.
  11. Vacillates between cutesy Disney-style anthropomorphism and "Born Free" exoticism.
  12. 10
    Let horses be horses, scrap the tin-eared Lukas Haas narration.
  13. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    If you're looking for something child-appropriate that'll actually keep the little darlings awake for two hours straight, you'd do better...and just stay at home with the Discovery Channel.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Hofler
    A profoundly disappointing attempt to reinvigorate the animal movie genre with the classic ingredients of physical poetry and mythical storytelling.
  15. This may be the first talking-animal movie in which the critter hero seems to have been body-snatched by a commentator from C-SPAN.

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