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  • Summary: The film reveals the story of how herds of wild horses came to Namibia's vast desert -- and what it says about humans in their relationship to animals.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    It's just too soon after those silly talking dinosaurs to put up with any movie about a talking horse.
  2. 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.
  3. 50
    There's no spirit of adventure to separate this one from the pack.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Awful narration almost ruins the ghostly, gorgeous Running Free.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Orville
    Sep 4, 2005
    0
    Narration is simply wretched.
  2. Erin
    Sep 4, 2005
    0
    Lukas Haas' narration is perhaps the most atrocious experience a moviegoer could ever hope to endure. A "must skip", unless you're Lukas Haas' narration is perhaps the most atrocious experience a moviegoer could ever hope to endure. A "must skip", unless you're into silent colour films. Anthropomorphic elements are irritating, and border on profoundly disturbing. Show to your children if you wish to stunt their development. Expand

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