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Chase Moore and Arie Verveen are the human stars of this period drama about the extraordinary life and times of a horse. In 1914, a German supply ship is en route to Africa with a cargo of work horses when one of the mares gives birth to a foal. The pony is soon separated from his mother when the ship docks in a mining community, and he has a hard time getting along, but an orphaned boy who works at a stable takes a liking to the little horse and looks after him. When war breaks out, the stable is abandoned and the pony escapes into a nearby desert, where an Oryx antelope and a native girl… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

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"This movie might have been more persuasive if the boy had told the story of the horse, instead of the horse telling the story of the boy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Until we really know what animals are thinking, it's probably best to leave talking animal stories in the care of comedic filmmakers."
‑ Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune
"Sumamente aburrida y con una partitura grandilocuente y melosa que no tiene nada que ver con la historia"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"Sober and handsomely photographed, this film is sadly undermined by its use of voice-over narration."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"For all its earnest effort and cinematic creativity, the core of this story is hackneyed and tedious."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"Saddled with an annoying and extensive narration track, added for fear kids couldn't follow the story without constant guidance."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"Cruel treatment of horses may upset some kids."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Less than satisfying."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"The sad scenes were beyond intense and far too long."
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"A delight for the eyes and ears."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Saddled with actor Lukas Haas, who delivers a lifeless first-person-or first-horse-narration."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"An empathy stretching drama about a horse trying to stay alive in adverse circumstances."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Suffering from way too much narration and a plot slower than a Clydesdale, Running Free is more like Trotting Bored."
‑ Liz Hottel, Citysearch
"Though this scenic equestrian adventure has an great cinematography, an award-winning director, and all the pretty horses, it lacks a single original thought."
‑ Tor Thorsen,
"Running Free is so visually magnificent that anyone who feels spiritually or emotionally connected to nature will walk away with something."
‑ Jean Oppenheimer, New Times
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