The Black Stallion

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  • Summary: A boy forges a special friendship with a wild stallion after both are shipwrecked on a deserted island. (MGM)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Gary Arnold
    Jul 8, 2015
    100
    The Black Stallion is one of the few movies that justifies the word "sublime." It casts an immediate pictorial spell of wonder and discovery and sustains it until a fadeout that leaves you in a euphoric mood, lingering over images whose beauty and emotional intensity you want to prolong and savor. [9 Dec 1979, p.G1]
  2. This touching and beautifully photographed, if slightly overlong, tale of a boy and his horse follows the escapades of young Alec Ramsey (Reno), who is traveling across the ocean with his father.
  3. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Jay Scott
    100
    The relationship between man and beast develops slowly and mystically - the island interlude, utterly without dialogue, lasts 50 minutes, and is one of the most sustained, lyrical, rapturous sequences in the history of motion pictures, a visual symphony whose beauty cannot be oversold. [15 Mar 1980]
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 8, 2015
    100
    The first hour of this movie belongs among the great filmgoing experiences. It is described as an epic, and earns the description.
  5. 90
    The film represents a studied, sophisticated approach to instinctual emotions: it's carefully, calculatingly naive, and amazingly it works.
  6. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Jul 8, 2015
    90
    Shot in stunning color by a gifted cinematographer named Caleb Deschanel, beautifully scored by Carmine Coppola in moods ranging from Arabian Nights impressionism to Wagnerian exaltation, the first hour of The Black Stallion is a state-of-the-art demonstration of film as a purely visual medium, a formal exercise that is nonetheless suffused with feeling. [29 Oct 1979, p.105]
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Rich
    30
    Though the freckle-faced Reno and Mickey Rooney (as the horse's crafty old trainer) are well cast, their scenes together are perfunctory and impersonal. Emotions are provided in stead by a busy and overbearing musical score. The film's story begins to move in fits and starts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 8, 2015
    10
    Great adventures, The horse is great and talented, and a fighter. He can win a race in any way possible. The silks are cool. This is one ofGreat adventures, The horse is great and talented, and a fighter. He can win a race in any way possible. The silks are cool. This is one of the best horse movies ever, and uses Micky Ronny very well. Expand

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