90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's classic animation wedded to modern technology -- painted pictures that move in magical splendor.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
An animated fairy tale made with simple, elegant conviction.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A cartoon that's truly cinematic in scope, and a story that's compelling and heartfelt - even if the heart belongs to a big, four-legged herbivore.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Loren King
A welcome family film that extols noble values and offers first-class animation.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Ray Conlogue
Visually the film is a knockout. I'm not sure this will matter to the young adult audience, but the film is philosophically confusing.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Those for whom Spirit was made will find this to be a thoroughly enjoyable production. As a "kids' movie", Spirit is a resounding success.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A poetic and lovely tale, told as a silent picture with music and narration.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is short at 82 minutes, but surprisingly moving, and has a couple of really thrilling sequences.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Popcorn-buyers, beware: This is no "Shrek," with raucous adult humor sailing over the heads of wee ones. This is "Sesame Street"-level, with white hats, black hats and simple moral messages.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is a mishmash that is sometimes moving, sometimes absurd and most of the time just oddly off balance.
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52 out of 100
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