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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- "Dreamer" is singularly unexciting. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Fanning and Russell make this watchable family entertainment, if not necessarily at today's prices. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Here's a case of clichés transmuted, for the most part, into stirring entertainment. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Nicely run through its paces by John Gatins, who also wrote the screenplay (it's his directing debut), Dreamer is, not surprisingly, about daring to dream the big dreams. It's about family, and faith, and facing hard times together. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Fanning and Russell are a perfect, sweet-and-sour pair. And, of course, the horse is absolutely beautiful - which, in the end, is what this all comes down to, anyway. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Recycles just about every sentimental ploy and cliche from a raft of horse racing movies. show more

  • 88
    New York Post

    Thebest sports movies aren't really about sports. Dreamer has a few thundering horse races, but its finest moments are beautifully still ones, like the one in which a little girl peeks through a fence to give a lame filly a Popsicle. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A well-made use of familiar materials. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Russell, who looks younger with each movie, holds his own against the formidable force that is Dakota Fanning. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Mom (Elisabeth Shue) suffers from the fatal movie ailment of being so underwritten she's practically see-through. show more

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