Spirit Untamed

Spirit Untamed

Spirit Untamed

This successor to DreamWorks' 2002 animated adventure Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron follows a city girl forced to move to a small frontier town where she bonds with a wild mustang named Spirit. When Spirit's herd is captured by rustlers, the pair and their friends band together to save them.

Lucky Prescott (Isabela Merced, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) never really knew her late mother, Milagro Navarro (Eiza González, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), a fearless horse-riding stunt performer from Miradero, a small town on the edge of the wide-open frontier. Like her mother, Lucky isn’t exactly a fan of rules and restrictions, which has caused her Aunt Cora (Julianne Moore) no small amount of worry. Lucky has grown up in an East Coast city under Cora’s watchful eye, but when Lucky presses her own luck with one too many risky escapades, Cora picks up stakes and moves them both back with Lucky’s father, Jim (Jake Gyllenhaal), in Miradero. Lucky is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy little town.

She has a change of heart when she meets Spirit, a wild Mustang who shares her independent streak, and befriends two local horseback riders, Abigail Stone (Mckenna Grace, Captain Marvel) and Pru Granger (Marsai Martin, Little). Pru’s father, stable owner Al Granger (Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), is the best friend of Lucky’s father. When a heartless horse wrangler (Walton Goggins) and his team plan to capture Spirit and his herd and auction them off to a life of captivity and hard labor, Lucky enlists her new friends and bravely embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to rescue the horse who has given her freedom and a sense of purpose, and has helped Lucky discover a connection to her mother’s legacy and to her Mexican heritage that she never expected.

2021Rating: G88 minsUSA
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A grounded, sweet film with a moving message.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Barely distinguishable from the majority of animated children’s movies these days...

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A harmless animated adventure that will provide a bland diversion to young viewers.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

The animation is crisp and light, the voice performances are crackling good and the story... is filled with heart.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Contemporary parents who want a nontoxic Western to show their children could hardly find better than "Spirit Untamed."

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Beautiful to look at and occasionally genuinely funny.

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Variety

Variety

Kids know the property, so it will get seen.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Can't compare to the one that started this franchise, but families could do far worse when it comes to wholesome entertainment.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

It's forgettable, and too forgettable to inspire a trip to the theater this summer.

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