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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    There are some nice moments and beautiful scenery, but the film is often slow and the dialogue is overwrought. show more

  • 38
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    If all you ask of a movie is that it have scenic stars and some scenery (here the Sierras of California substitute for the Rockies of Wyoming), then Flicka is adequate. Me, I expected some conflict, some resolution, and a horse that took me on a wild ride. This one really never gets out of the gate. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    With some movies, you know exactly what you're going to see before you even enter the theater, and Michael Mayer's Flicka is one of them: You've got your girl, you've got your horse, and you've got your strict father trying to keep them apart. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    A thoroughly uninspiring drama that ultimately buckles under Michael Mayer's weighty direction. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    The film paints a fairly realistic portrait of four people bound by blood but -- like all of us -- all too capable of underestimating each other. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The best parts of Flicka are its pinch-me optimism and its old-fashioned-movie flourishes. show more

  • 63
    Angel Cohn TV Guide

    Mayer knows how to tug at the heartstrings, and his admirably restrained cast keeps the family drama from becoming too sugary. show more

  • 63
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    One casting wild card is the country singer Tim McGraw, and he's very solid in the role of Katie's horse-rancher dad, the kind of guy whose hard-headedness can't mask the size of his heart. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Yet -- and this must be said in all fairness -- as things progress, the magic of the story asserts itself over the audience. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A modernized version of that great sentimental horse movie, 1943's "My Friend Flicka," and it comes with the shiny trappings, high professionalism and glamorous accessories you might expect...Something is missing though. show more

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