Prancer (1989)

A 9-year-old girl discovers a wounded reindeer in the forest and, believing it to be one of Santa's magical sleigh team, secretly nurses it back to health. The girl takes it upon herself to contact Santa and return the reindeer to him… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 17, 1989
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

A hodgepodge of Heidi and Meet Me in St. Louis.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Prancer remains a real curiosity -- a movie that`s far from being successful on its own terms, yet better than those terms would suggest.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

While charming in conception and beautifully photographed in the dead of a Midwestern winter, Prancer is marred by a principal role.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This is a tale about faith and love, but it's also a story of coldness and death. Prancer, you might say, puts the winter solstice back in Christmas/

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Caryn James
New York Times

Its plodding competence can't provide that effortless magical touch that Christmas classics are made of.

Ralph Novak
People Magazine

It's a tribute to veteran TV writer Greg Taylor's script and, especially, to the acting of 9-year-old Ms. Harrell that the movie remains engaging and palatably sweet.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Harrell carries the film with an impressive performance for a child whose only previous experience was as a singing litterbug in a school play.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Harrell's brash debut, the use of animism and the story's sincerity add interest.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

In the end, Prancer is a simple pleasure as the story of one special child's faith in the spirit of Christmas, a faith that changes her family and her community for the better.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
Old-fashioned christmas movie.
Isaac H
A touching family film. A good movie to watch on Christmas Eve! Not amazing, but worth seeing!
Chris Weber
Funny and charming, even if it is a typical Christmas film. Rebecca Harrell and Sam Elliott are wonderful.
Andrew Fillmore
Boring. It's sad because this movie had so much potential.