Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
Ben Crane was once a great horseman, whose gifts as a trainer were now being wasted on making other men's fortunes. Sonya was a great horse whose promising future on the racetrack was suddenly cut short by a career-ending broken leg. Considered as good as dead to her owner, who also happens to be Ben's boss, Sonya is given to Ben as severance pay, along with his walking papers. Now, it will take the unwavering faith and determination of Ben's young daughter, Cale, to bring these two damaged souls together in a quest for a seemingly impossible goal: to win the Breeders' Cup… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A great family film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- Dreamer is singularly unexciting."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"All the characters are familiar, the story is familiar, but it is well-constructed and the actors do a good job with the material."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"simply feels more professional than most family fare"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A quiet and poignant story."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"For family audiences seeking easy assurance, moral certitude and, of course, moving scenes of a gorgeous, galloping horse."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's to Fanning's and Russell's credit, and the filmmakers', that the formula never gets the better of the film."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Dreamer is loaded with enough clichés and formulas to choke a horse. But truly, it works."
‑ Carolyn Arends, Christianity Today
"Screenwriting manuals have taught us that every film is (or should be) a Hero's Journey, but writer-director John Gatins takes that gospel so literally it's hard to know whether to admire his purity or marvel at his lack of imagination."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Sure, it's as goopy as Kris Kristofferson is grizzled, but families might find a genuinely warm experience in the simple story of a child following her heart %u2014 especially in the rare moments when we're not told how to feel."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"Lovely family film, which has a way of resonating in one's imagination for days."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Too obvious, too trite and too sentimental to ever be more than Seabiscuit for tweens."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It is a movie that will captivate children, yes, but it will also capture the hearts of the grown-ups, too."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"The charismatic Fanning proves she is the best child actress in decades."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"This is a slow track of wish-fullfillment fantasy and all who come through the turnstiles will wear a happy face."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
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