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Racing Stripes (2005)

tomatometer

35

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 64

An entertaining children movie that ought to be tolerable for adults.

48

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 14

An entertaining children movie that ought to be tolerable for adults.

audience

43

liked it
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 59,786

My Rating

Movie Info

A horse of a different pattern becomes a spoiler in a high-stakes race in the family-friendly comedy-drama. Nolan Walsh (Bruce Greenwood) is a farmer who once earned his living training racehorses before his wife was killed in an accident while riding, which led him to leave the racing game. Nolan tends to his farm and looks after his daughter Channing (Hayden Panettiere) and a large flock of animals, who speak to one another but not to humans. After a traveling circus passes through town, a

PG,

Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

David Schmidt

May 10, 2005

$49.2M

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All Critics (105) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (64) | DVD (15)

A predictable but pleasant kids movie.

January 24, 2005
New York Post
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Almost everyone in this has done better, and those who haven't, like young Ms. Panettiere, have plenty of time to do so.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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There's much to laud in Racing Stripes.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Bland but likable kids' movie.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Offers enjoyable moments.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It stumbles right out of the gate.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Best live-action talking animal movie since Babe.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There's something oddly satisfying about seeing a notoriously disobedient wild animal like a zebra racing alongside horses.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Part earnest, old-fashioned melodrama, part wisecracking broad comedy, Racing Stripes is a film divided against itself.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Racing Stripes never pulls ahead of the pack, but it's good for a few laps around the track.

October 2, 2006
Christianity Today

Um filme engraçadinho, sem dúvida, mas que nada mais é do que uma cópia pouco inspirada do encantador Babe - Um Porquinho Atrapalhado.

September 5, 2005
Cinema em Cena

That it is familiar and predictable is a given, but nevertheless Racing Stripes is an enjoyable film.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

I have no doubt that Racing Stripes will be a solid hit with younger kids. But adults watching it with them may want to bring along a good book.

May 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

I suppose you have to expect barnyard humor in a film which takes place in a barnyard, but I longed for something more clever and less crude.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Racing Stripes follows a story arc similar to Babe, but it possesses none of the warmth, humor, or originality of that film.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A breezy caper that will entertain children without testing their parents' patience.

February 8, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

This is a nice movie that should entertain the kids and adults won't mind either.

February 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

If in the world of talking animal movies Babe is a 10, Racing Stripes scores a 6.5.

February 7, 2005 | Comment (1)

... the screenplay is a little unfocused in places - for example, a love interest sub-plot gets dropped pretty quickly, presumably because onscreen horse-zebra love might provoke some awkward questions.

February 5, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The only thing that keeps us engaged is the cute factor.

January 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Truly all-ages appeal is nowhere in evidence as director Frederik DuChau is all too eager to sink to cheap juvenalia.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A horse of a different color!

January 26, 2005 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Won't make it into the winner's circle.

January 20, 2005
Palo Alto Weekly

I'm not against the idea of a talking zebra in and of itself, but this movie containing said articulate quadruped is decidedly bad.

January 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I can't remember the last time I gave a movie an extra half star because the animal lead is so cute.

January 18, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Audience Reviews for Racing Stripes

The combination of bright action, talking animals, exciting races and a comically pelican named Goose should make me laugh heaps better than grubby, bumbling flies Buzz and Scuzz. So cute, funny, heartwarming and a subtly surreal fantasy.
Racing Stripes is a pleasure to watch simply for its animal stunts. I suppose one can never get too old or intellectual to enjoy a dancing monkey, so to speak. There are a few instances of animal "stunts" being too dangerous for the animals - such as Stripes' wipeout, so these are animated with CGI, too, and they're integrated very well.
The animal computer effects are as good as they were in Babe; the quality photography shows off lots of animals, and the voice cast is studded with such stars as Frankie Muniz, Snoop Dogg, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Pantoliano and Mandy Moore.
April 15, 2011
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

The movie is average.

It actually has some pretty funny parts at times and though it's for the kids and silly, adults may enjoy some of the hidden humor that the little ones may not pick up on. It's an inspirational story for children that offer's that little bit of faith needed for those who find themselves picked on or a bit different from the rest.... uniqueness is a good thing....

However, the same thing that makes it good is also it's flaw. We have seen this story told a hundred times. The under dog finds faith in friends and in himself and makes that last push to win the big...whatever... doesn't really matter if it's a Zebra or the million of other movies that features the same topic... it's all the same.

Overall: It's a good movie for children and it's a fun flick to watch as there is some creativty and comical parts too it but it's super predictable and not very original as far as the plot itself is concerned.
January 29, 2009
bhobbs1985

Super Reviewer

Heart warming story about a zebra who is convinced he is a race horse. Very Babe like. Good cast.
June 29, 2008
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