Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story One more feel-great sports movie with a teen-poetry title and Kurt Russell will have himself a trilogy. A year after the hockey fable Miracle ,… Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story One more feel-great sports movie with a teen-poetry title and Kurt Russell will have himself a trilogy. A year after the hockey fable Miracle ,… 2005-10-21 PG PT102M Drama Dakota Fanning Kurt Russell Luis Guzman Kris Kristofferson Freddy Rodriguez Elisabeth Shue DreamWorks
Movie Review

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG
Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, ... | THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? Inspired by a true story, just not necessarily a good story
Image credit: DREAMER: Joe Lederer
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? Inspired by a true story, just not necessarily a good story
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Oct 21, 2005; Rated: PG; Length: 102 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell; Distributor: DreamWorks

One more feel-great sports movie with a teen-poetry title and Kurt Russell will have himself a trilogy. A year after the hockey fable Miracle, the actor stars in Dreamer, a horse-race drama whose complete handle is Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, inelegantly disarming any criticism of the movie's believability from the get-go. It's the tale of a lame filly saved from death and turned into a champion by a trainer (Russell) and his daughter (old pro Dakota Fanning). That part's okay; the final race even gets you going a bit. But Miracle was better because there, Russell's character made sense. Here, for no real reason, he acts aloof around his kid, and the forced family dynamics just drag the movie down.

Originally posted Oct 19, 2005 Published in issue #847 Oct 28, 2005 Order article reprints
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