75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The best parts of Flicka are its pinch-me optimism and its old-fashioned-movie flourishes.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
The film paints a fairly realistic portrait of four people bound by blood but -- like all of us -- all too capable of underestimating each other.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
As for our heroine (Lohman), her archetypal struggle with crusty Pa (uncrusty Tim McGraw) feels attitude-heavy and life-lesson-light.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Yet -- and this must be said in all fairness -- as things progress, the magic of the story asserts itself over the audience.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
With some movies, you know exactly what you're going to see before you even enter the theater, and Michael Mayer's Flicka is one of them: You've got your girl, you've got your horse, and you've got your strict father trying to keep them apart.
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63

TV Guide

By Angel Cohn
Mayer knows how to tug at the heartstrings, and his admirably restrained cast keeps the family drama from becoming too sugary.
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63

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
One casting wild card is the country singer Tim McGraw, and he's very solid in the role of Katie's horse-rancher dad, the kind of guy whose hard-headedness can't mask the size of his heart.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
There are some nice moments and beautiful scenery, but the film is often slow and the dialogue is overwrought.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
A thoroughly uninspiring drama that ultimately buckles under Michael Mayer's weighty direction.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
If all you ask of a movie is that it have scenic stars and some scenery (here the Sierras of California substitute for the Rockies of Wyoming), then Flicka is adequate. Me, I expected some conflict, some resolution, and a horse that took me on a wild ride. This one really never gets out of the gate.
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57 out of 100
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