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Film Press Reviews

Variety - "...this compelling docu[mentary] presents its story via multiple access points: the subject of autism, the notion of alternative healing and the simple travelogue appeal of an excursion to remote, untamed Mongolia. Pic[ture] has the nerve to be spiritual without entering the minefield of faith, and through careful handling, could resonate strongly with underserved aud[ience]s."

The Movie Blog - "...honestly one of the best documentaries I've seen."

The Salt Lake Tribune - "...a story too strange and miraculous to be fiction."

Deconstructing Sundance - "...this compelling film exquisitely captures an astonishing physical and spiritual journey."

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Book Press Reviews

Telegraph - "Executed with a trace more sentiment, a fraction less ironic intelligence, a degree less fine observation, this book would be unbearable. But somewhere within himself Isaacson has found the rigour to keep in balance his mysticism, his hope and love for his son, and his sheer infuriation at the outrageous misfortune of Rowan’s condition. The result is an elegant, affecting narrative that contrives to transform a riverside poo -- Rowan’s first controlled bowel movement -- into a triumph of the human spirit."

Good Housekeeping - "A colorful real-life adventure with inspiring results."

Publisher's Weekly - "In this intense, polished account, the parents of an autistic boy trek to the Mongolian steppes to consult shamans in a last-ditch effort to alter his unraveling behavior.... Isaacson records heartening improvement in Rowan's firestormlike tantrums and incontinence, as he taps into an ancient, valuable form of spirit healing."

Lee Grossman, Autism Society of America President and CEO - "The Horse Boy is a wonderful book that encourages families affected by autism to dare to dream of a better quality of life, even when things seem hopeless. We are thrilled to be working with Rupert and Little, Brown to help raise awareness of autism through this family's story, and we hope it will inspire other families to find their own children's unique paths to happiness."


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This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son's autism, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.
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