In the 19th century, a Westerner (Viggo Mortensen) and his beloved mustang compete in an endurance race across the Arabian desert.
" It's not as if we haven't seen movies like Hidalgo before -- the cowboy, the horse, the hat -- and yet there's something fresh about it all the same. "
" Limited by one-dimensional, even stereotypical characters and a predictable and drawn-out plot. "
" A hybrid of both traditional and revisionist contradictions. "
" Popcorn for us and oats for the horses, delivered by the tall drink of water that is Mortensen. "
" An exciting, colorful and very appealing movie. "
" A rousing popcorn adventure, old-fashioned and rather innocent. "
" ... filled with cliches. "
" It's a manque of a rousing adventure tale and not the real thing. You're constantly aware of the gulf between how the movie wants to excite you and the halfhearted execution. "
" Whether it's true or not has little to do with whether it works as a movie, and overall it does, thanks to Mortensen's slightly hesitant charm ... and some dazzling visual work from director of photography Shelley Johnson. "
" Suffers from weird shifts in tone, offensively outdated stereotypes, a cumbersome subplot -- and a supposedly fact-based story that bears only a nodding acquaintance with reality. "
" One rousing, if rote, adventure. "
" Lawrence this ain't; not by a long shot, and certainly not by a dromedary's nose hair. "
" it's a flaccid affair, a movie that could stand to lose about 30 minutes right off the top. "
" An adventure that never met a cliche it couldn't saddle, mount and ride for a butt-numbing two hours and sixteen minutes. "
" It's a bit of an oddball story, but surely there was a less plodding way to elaborate on it. "
" Every time someone opens his or her mouth, out comes something asinine. "
" It takes a thoroughbred star like Mortensen to make the bond between man and horses believable, and to keep Hidalgo from straying too far into fields of corn. "
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