The Horse Boy Synopsis
A couple and their autistic son travel to Mongolia to seek a cure from shamans.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Turns into a lyrical and stirring meditation on the mystery of autism.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
It's a film that will both captivate and divide audiences.
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75

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
It is an inspiring, well-assembled portrait of one man's love for his autistic 6-year-old son and the measures he's willing to go to help...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The whole enterprise seems to be Isaacson's project. He narrates the film. Kristin, his wife, seems fully in accord with him, and they're...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Provides a powerful look at the complex condition of autism and family dedication.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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For both the parents and the filmmakers, the journey of The Horse Boy was tough and utterly unpredictable, but their act of faith has...
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Raises more questions than it can answer in its travelogue format. It's because the premise is so intriguing and the drama is so compelling...
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63

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The story is nothing if not uplifting, but it unfolds in a conventional, uninspired documentary style better suited to the small screen,...
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
The Horse Boy comes off as both an edifying work of advocacy and an invasive home movie.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Well-meaning but trying documentary.
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Gives Hope and Inspiration

By amy adams
My son is 3 and has autism. While all of the children on the spectrum are different, some things are not. I am not saying that horses or Mongolia is the awnser for all children no more than I...

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By lscott1244
Fantastic and inspiring movie. One of the most heart warming and beautiful documentaries I've ever seen. Don't miss it. Makes you realize anything is possible....

Intense movie, definitely documentary...

By tanukisan
I saw it with the wife two weeks ago. It was emotionally intense. I am an Aspie, so I could identify in some parts. I also have a relative who is developmentally delayed. It was a good...

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By username65
For parents, particularly fathers, of autistic children...you really need to see this movie. There were very moving, emotional moments. They were kind enough to throw in a few light hearted moments...

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By becascat
I loved this movie and could relate to both of the parents. I'm a mom of a neuro-impaired teen and I would go to the ends of the earth to help him. What an amazing family to follow their instincts...

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By ilovemoviesintx
What a wonderful story. The parents are simply amazing, as is this boy's story. Perhaps if everyone watched this they would have more understanding and compassion for what parents of an autistic...

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ True story about quest for autism cure; better for parents.
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