A lot of critics have dismissed this film as another film where Spielberg exploits our sentiments. I don't believe that. Okay it is an emotional story but no one better than Spielberg knows how to make these type of films. With WAR HORSE Spielberg is paying homage to the 1940's films of Producer David O'Selznick. There are strong influences from classics such as THE GRAPES OF WRATH and the visual composition of this film lends from GONE WITH THE WIND. The WW1 trench warfare scenes have been heavily influenced from Kubricks PATHS OF GLORY. What horrors this horse goes through only someone like Spielberg can bring out those horrors. This is a solid piece of exceptional entertainment and deserves to be seen regardless of what certain cynical critics I have read.