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.
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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.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2011
A good movie for kids and armchair Freudians.
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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.
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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