National Velvet Reviews

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Manny Farber
The New Republic
August 31, 2012
Pandro Berman, the producer, and Clarence Brown, the director, have made it into a conservatively exciting and engaging film whose chief virtue is its acting, especially a letter-perfect, beautifully felt performance by Mickey Rooney as the jockey.
James Agee
The Nation
August 31, 2012
I think that [Elizabeth Taylor] and the picture are wonderful.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 18, 2012
Assigned her first starring role, Elizabeth Taylor, then 11, gives a compelling performance in what's one of the most likeable and popular child-animal tales.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 16, 2011
Watching a young Elizabeth Taylor work is like watching a seed grow into a blossoming flower.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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TIME Magazine
March 23, 2011
National Velvet is not merely sure to delight children and the child in most adults; it is also an interesting psychological study of hysterical obsession, conversion mania, preadolescent sexuality.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 23, 2011
Perhaps the only time Elizabeth Taylor's costar matched her visual scene stealing. He's a horse, albeit a gelding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2011
A good movie for kids and armchair Freudians.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Great family movie; even better for horse lovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 20, 2009
Winsome horse story family film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
National Velvet is a horse picture with wide general appeal. The production also focuses attention on a new dramatic find -- moppet Elizabeth Taylor.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
This is a charmer for boys and girls of all ages, with a captivating performance from the young Liz Taylor as Velvet.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 19, 2004
One of the best horse movies; Rooney, Taylor are fine
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Gorgeous photography and a great musical score win through in a film hampered by its hopelessly slow pacing.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This fresh and delightful Metro picture, based on Enid Bagnold's novel of some years back, tells by far the most touching story of youngsters and of animals since Lassie was coming home.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"Taylor at her most fetching"
| Original Score: 4/5
David Wood
BBC.com
April 17, 2001
Both Taylor and Rooney give without doubt the best performances of their pre-adult years but there's also much pleasure to be had from a stellar supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Great fun for the youngsters among you, but I don't know how much 'sheer determination' us adults can stand at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 11, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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