The Horse Boy
The Horse Boy (2009)

The Isaacsons raised their autistic son with patience and hope. Unlike any other loving family, the Isaacsons travelled to another continent in search of a remedy that Western medicine could not provide them.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 30, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It traces a familiar, albeit inspirational arc, but The Horse Boy tells a moving tale of parental devotion with grace and sensitivity.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's because the premise is so intriguing and the drama is so compelling that the result is so confounding.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

In the footage taken after the healing, we never see Rowan, except when he is happily playing with his new friends or smiling with his parents. Is that the whole story? You decide.

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Mike Scott

A sensitive and compelling portrait of the lengths one family is willing to go -- specifically, to the wilds of Mongolia -- to reach their autistic child.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

The film's particular story serves as a powerful reminder to all parents that a child's unique strengths and personality may suggest the best path toward healing.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The Horse Boy is a lovely, amazing, wonderfully provocative film.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

The story it tells is little short of incredible.

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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

The Horse Boy succeeds both as a provocative inquiry into the mysteries of autism and as a true-life adventure tale.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

An extraordinary journey of the heart and spirit, and a stirring testament to parenthood.

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Sarah Boslaugh

True-to-life stories about the personal growth of attractive white people are all the cinematic rage these days ... and at its worst The Horse Boy seems both an invasion of privacy...and a cold-hearted attempt to cash in on a trendy topic.

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