Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)

Ben Crane was once a great horseman, whose gifts as a trainer were now being wasted on making other men's fortunes. Sonya was a great horse whose promising future on the racetrack was suddenly cut short by a career-ending broken leg.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though formulaic, this horse story's saving grace is its strong performances.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

A great family film.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

As a sports drama -- a genre that's gotten entirely too much play lately -- Dreamer is singularly unexciting.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

All the characters are familiar, the story is familiar, but it is well-constructed and the actors do a good job with the material.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

For family audiences seeking easy assurance, moral certitude and, of course, moving scenes of a gorgeous, galloping horse.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's to Fanning's and Russell's credit, and the filmmakers', that the formula never gets the better of the film.

Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today

Dreamer is loaded with enough clichés and formulas to choke a horse. But truly, it works.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Lovely family film, which has a way of resonating in one's imagination for days.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Too obvious, too trite and too sentimental to ever be more than Seabiscuit for tweens.

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David Cornelius

It is a movie that will captivate children, yes, but it will also capture the hearts of the grown-ups, too.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
erika bruhns
dreams can come true
Dean McKenna
Emotional true family story with an once-great horse.
Cassie Hill
Very good movie. I watched this movie with my bff and I loved it!!! :)
Dann Michalski
"When you ran, the ground shook, the sky opened and mere mortals parted..." Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story is a compelling and heartwarming film… More
Leigh Ryan
Fantastic and highly reccomended.
Dannielle Albert
A feel-good movie that was fairly predictable... especially with scenes, shots, and script.