The Black Stallion Synopsis
A shipwrecked 1940s boy (Kelly Reno) bonds with an Arabian horse.
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100

Boston Globe

Generations from now, when people talk about horse movies, they won't be talking about "National Velvet" or "My Friend Flicka," they'll be...
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100

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This touching and beautifully photographed, if slightly overlong, tale of a boy and his horse follows the escapades of young Alec Ramsey...
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
The relationship between man and beast develops slowly and mystically - the island interlude, utterly without dialogue, lasts 50 minutes,...
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100

Variety

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The Black Stallion is a perfect gem.
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90

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
The film represents a studied, sophisticated approach to instinctual emotions: it's carefully, calculatingly naive, and amazingly it works.
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50

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
For all its pretty glimpses of the desert island, the film never offers a clear, overall sense of what the place looks like; neither the...
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30

Time

Though the freckle-faced Reno and Mickey Rooney (as the horse's crafty old trainer) are well cast, then-scenes together are perfunctory and...
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The Black Stallion

By NzGersh
An absolutely beautiful movie!...

A boy and a wild horse.

By chrisratesmovie
This film is best studied as art, on two levels: History and Poetry. Parts of this film are without words, as in a different shipwreck movie, released in 2000, "Cast Away". In it, the character is...

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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Breathtakingly beautiful, truly magical movie.
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