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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. 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. Reviewed by: Lana Berkowitz
    Provides a powerful look at the complex condition of autism and family dedication.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Tthe film, which also contains brief interviews with several autism experts, proves an extraordinary journey of the heart and spirit, and a stirring testament to parenthood.
  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
    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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