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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
A man and his young daughter face almost impossible odds as they struggle to help an injured horse return to the racetrack in this family-friendly drama. Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) is a horse trainer whose career has gone into a bit of a slump, and after years as his own boss, he's signed on to work for Palmer (David Morse), a breeder whose wealth and success has given him a certain degree of arrogance. While Ben has learned to keep his mouth shut around his boss, he forgets himself when one of his favorite horses, Sonador, breaks its leg during an important race. Palmer insists that the… 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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