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The best parts of Flicka are its pinch-me optimism and its old-fashioned-movie flourishes. Read full review
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. Read full review
As for our heroine (Lohman), her archetypal struggle with crusty Pa (uncrusty Tim McGraw) feels attitude-heavy and life-lesson-light. Read full review
Yet -- and this must be said in all fairness -- as things progress, the magic of the story asserts itself over the audience. Read full review
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. Read full review
Mayer knows how to tug at the heartstrings, and his admirably restrained cast keeps the family drama from becoming too sugary. Read full review
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. Read full review
There are some nice moments and beautiful scenery, but the film is often slow and the dialogue is overwrought. Read full review
A thoroughly uninspiring drama that ultimately buckles under Michael Mayer's weighty direction. Read full review
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. Read full review
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