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Actor Viggo Mortensen made his first starring appearance in a film after his breakthrough performance in the Lord of the Rings trilogy with this period adventure. Frank T. Hopkins (Mortensen) is a U.S. Cavalry officer who earned a reputation as one of the fastest and most daring riders in the West; however, after taking part in the bloody massacre at Wounded Knee, Hopkins becomes disenchanted with the Cavalry, and once his hitch is up, he takes a job as a rider with a seedy touring Wild West show. During an engagement in New York, Hopkins meets Aziz (Adam Alexi-Malle), an associate of wealthy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An adventure that never met a cliche it couldn't saddle, mount and ride for a butt-numbing two hours and sixteen minutes."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Popcorn for us and oats for the horses, delivered by the tall drink of water that is Mortensen."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Whether or not the events depicted really happened to Hopkins, it's still a damn fun story."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Even if the story were true, the film's events have been fictionalized beyond belief."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"Fitfully entertaining hokum as long as it isn't taken too seriously… Remarkably, Disney doesn't whitewash the more politically incorrect elements of Hopkins' tale."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"An exciting, colorful and very appealing movie."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A hybrid of both traditional and revisionist contradictions."
‑ Benjamin Strong, Village Voice
"Formulaic, overly simple, too violent for tweens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"[It's] so careful about being inoffensive that it never has the guts to suggest much of anything except 'Be Nice to Others and Especially to Horses.'"
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"This is grand cowboy fun, a wild adventure with a glorious sense of excitement and wonder."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"It's a manqué of a rousing adventure tale and not the real thing. You're constantly aware of the gulf between how the movie wants to excite you and the halfhearted execution."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"... filled with cliches."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The event around which the movie revolves is a desert mirage, since there is no record of any such race ever being staged. Nonetheless, those able to ignore this outrageous historical distortion might enjoy this triumph of an underdog aganst the odds."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Will Hidalgo survive the brutal desert to demand more creative control over his next film?"
‑ Mark Collette, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"...why weren't the Disney folks content simply to tell a good story? Could it have been because they knew they didn't have a very good story?"
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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