Hidalgo (2004)

Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire--a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert--was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The scenery looks great, but this overstuffed horse story contains too much cheese.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

An adventure that never met a cliche it couldn't saddle, mount and ride for a butt-numbing two hours and sixteen minutes.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

Popcorn for us and oats for the horses, delivered by the tall drink of water that is Mortensen.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Whether or not the events depicted really happened to Hopkins, it's still a damn fun story.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

An exciting, colorful and very appealing movie.

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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice

A hybrid of both traditional and revisionist contradictions.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Formulaic, overly simple, too violent for tweens.

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Charles Taylor

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... filled with cliches.

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Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is a period piece centering around a rugged western hero who decides to prove himself by being the first westerner to enter into a gruelling desert horse… More
Anthony Lawrie
It's a little over the top in places, a little over-long and descends into just a mere 'Desert themed' action movie in places but I did enjoy it.… More
Alex roy
Hidalgo is a terrific action adventure following the legend of Frank T. Hopkins and his Mustang horse, Hidalgo. The film is about a race known as the Ocean of… More
Jennifer D
Watched this in the aftermath of Mortensen's success in LOTR. Delivered what was expected.
Apeneck Fletcher
Different from most any western this crossbred tale of a crossbred cowboy horseracing in arabia is itself a crossbreed, has interesting legs and succeeds in… More
Wahida K
A beautiful Adventure Movie based upon real event. I like Viggo. Omar Sharif was Awesome in this Movie.