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  • Summary: How far would you travel to heal someone you love? An intensely personal yet epic spiritual journey, The Horse Boy follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in a desperate attempt to treat his condition with shamanic healing. (Zeitgeist Films)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Turns into a lyrical and stirring meditation on the mystery of autism.
  2. A staggering document of the lengths parents will go to for the sake of their child.
  3. 75
    The whole enterprise seems to be Isaacson's project. He narrates the film. Kristin, his wife, seems fully in accord with him, and they're both courageous, but I would have liked more insights from the side of her that teaches psychology.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Lally
    70
    For both the parents and the filmmakers, the journey of The Horse Boy was tough and utterly unpredictable, but their act of faith has produced a film that's surprisingly upbeat, evenhanded and imbued with wonder.
  5. 63
    The story is nothing if not uplifting, but it unfolds in a conventional, uninspired documentary style better suited to the small screen, where it soon will reside. Wait.
  6. The Horse Boy comes off as both an edifying work of advocacy and an invasive home movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    30
    The film reveals its true colors at the end, with a plug for the New Age dude ranch the entrepreneurial couple has since established in Texas.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. MaryH.
    Jan 18, 2010
    10
    This is a respectful reverent film that opens a small window to view a culture where the most powerful healing for this young boy seems to This is a respectful reverent film that opens a small window to view a culture where the most powerful healing for this young boy seems to come from the people most connected to their relationship with nature. It is also a film where one family not only finds the help for their son but leaves the shamans of Mongolia with a confidence to help others who are struggling. Expand

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