Black Beauty
Black Beauty (1994)

A wondrous new version of Anna Sewell's classic about a remarkable horse and the various owners whose lives he transforms. Year: 1994 Director: Caroline Thompson Starring: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Jim Carter

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 29, 1994
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Although already filmed three times in the sound era, Black Beauty has never been put onscreen faithfully or well, a situation partially remedied by this affecting, rather grave rendition of the children's perennial.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Stalwart, evocative and in every respect passable ...

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

A harrowing and Beauty-ful version of the book.

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Time Out

Directing her first feature, screenwriter Caroline Thompson adopts a level-headed tone, avoiding the twin traps of sentimentality and sermonising.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It plays like a cross between New Age mysticism and anthropomorphism run amok.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A wonderful film that is true to the letter and the spirit of this classic children's story.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

This level of equine empathy takes getting used to, but it's worth the trouble. Ms. Thompson's film may be precious, but it's also rapturously pretty and filled with surprising passion.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Assuming a good picture is one that transcends its own material -- pulls in a variety of people with no special interest in the subject -- then "Black Beauty" is a lumbering candidate for the glue factory.

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Hollis Chacona
Austin Chronicle

This Black Beauty, unlike earlier versions of the book, wisely follows Sewell's lead and concentrates instead on this generous, trusting horse and the consequences of its encounters with humanity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
erika bruhns
really good acting but not a good plot.
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Jennifer D
I really need to rewatch this. Such a classic.
Dillon Lupky
Much like the animated film Watership Down, this movie has a lot of trouble deciding a targeted audience. It's far too dark for children yet has a kiddie… More
Film Crazy
i love this movie! i cry every time such a sad movie it really tugs at the heart strings! Its a lovely story abot a horse and alll the crap it has to go… More
John Ballantine
A cute tale that makes the Mickey Rooney versions look like complete crap. if you haven't thought about Beauty since then, give this film a look.

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