The Young Black Stallion
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Based on the 1989 novel of the same name by Steven Farley, son of Walter Farley, writer of the original The Black Stallion, The Young Black Stallion is a prequel to the 1979 Academy Award-winning classic starring Mickey Rooney. Directed by Simon Wincer, the film is set during the second World War and follows the adventures of the titular equine as he meets and befriends Neera, a young girl, played by Biana Tamini, who has lost her family in a Middle Eastern desert. Also starring Patrick Elyas and Richard Romanus, The Young Black Stallion was created specifically to be shown in IMAX theaters. ~… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tired rehash."
‑ C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle
"Continues in the hackneyed tradition of other made-for-IMAX dramas, with storytelling that doesn't measure up to the scope of the screen."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"Visually stunning 50 minute IMAX thumbs-up."
‑ Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
"The Young Black Stallion is not so much a bad film as it is a non film. It was meant mainly to be looked at."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This 50 minute L.F. narrative is at its best with music, big sky, interesting terrain and a charming girl on the back of a beautiful horse. Sticky in acting/dialogue."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"A film truly geared to the 6-year-old level. If not younger."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Simon Wincer's Imax film is a prequel to the classic 1979 children's film The Black Stallion."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"...on home video, stripped of its visual grandeur - the movie comes off as a superficial and woefully inept piece of work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Horse lovers, especially fans of the purebred desert Arabian, will swoon."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily
"The Young Black Stallion will provide a brief diversion for animal-loving youngsters. But beneath its polished good looks it feels awfully amateurish."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Wincer delivers a gentle yet vibrant tale of natural splendor, a horse's valor and a young girl's plucky determination."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Has gorgeous cinematography with spectacular landscapes -- plus a lazy script, forgettable performances and regrettably uninspired direction."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"...ironically similar to Hidalgo.... In many ways, Young Black Stallion is a better film because it doesn't have the baggage of being a star vehicle"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"If you are able to read this review, you are probably too old to get much pleasure out of Young Black Stallion."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"Young Tamimi is a terrific rider but a lackluster screen presence, and the film's brevity ensures that her trials have a perfunctory quality that keeps them from being truly compelling."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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