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Detroit Free Press:
Spirit combines the hand-drawn artfulness of 2-D with computer-generated 3-D backdrops and effects so seamlessly that it's hard to tell what was done by man, what by mouse.
A beautifully rendered but unimaginatively plotted cartoon about settlers, Native Americans and the horses caught in between.
Ebert & Roeper:
As a good old-fashioned adventure for kids, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a winner.
New York Times:
As it stands, Spirit provides neither the profound human touch of the great Disney animation of the past, nor the dazzling, high-tech fun of present-day digital cartooning.
Not quite as miraculous as its DreamWorks makers would have you believe, but it more than adequately fills the eyes and stirs the emotions.
Adams' hoarse anthems become a betrayal of this horse opera's true potential; fortunately, there is enough fine achievement here to make the film worth seeing.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie,
An exciting and exquisitely rendered film in which the horse goes through as many adventures and perils as Indiana Jones on a good day.
Los Angeles Times:
Whenever it threatens to get bogged down in earnest dramaturgy, a stirring visual sequence like a surge through swirling rapids or a leap from pinnacle to pinnacle rouses us. If horses could fly, this is surely what they'd look like.
For decades we've marveled at Disney's rendering of water, snow, flames and shadows in a hand-drawn animated world. Prepare to marvel again.
Spirit is smarter than your average cartoon because it doesn't try to joke around with a host of annoying talking animals.
A solemn neo-Bambi that dares to enchant kids without comic relief, Spirit is an animated fairy tale made with simple, elegant conviction.
Globe and Mail:
A strange, often intriguing animated film for children and young adults that takes a lot of chances and only occasionally stumbles.
Rather exciting, rendered in a bright sunset palette and a mixture of expressive, boldly drawn traditional animation and fluid computer-generated imagery.
As a 'kids' movie', Spirit is a resounding success.
Uncluttered by comic supporting characters and cute sidekicks, Spirit is more pure and direct than most of the stories we see in animation -- a fable I suspect younger viewers will strongly identify with.
It is perhaps Spirit's greatest achievement that the horses upstage the human actors, but it's also its greatest weakness. The human characters have no depth or personality, but are rather completely forgettable, stiff stereotypes.
There's not much of a story, the whole thing's a bit superficial, and there's little to laugh at, but it's still a refreshing change from the norm.
A movie that will touch the hearts of both children and adults, as well as bring audiences to the edge of their seats.
There's nothing thrilling or new about the work here, but accomplished it is.
Offers a morose, pallid account of how the West was lost, straight from the horse's mouth.