Seabiscuit Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 19, 2013
promises filet mignon, only to deliver oats and hay
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
An inspiring story for teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 23, 2010
It's inspiring despite a sobering thesis: The future is intoxicating, but progress is a kind way of rendering someone's livelihood obsolete. Gary Ross probed the underdog principle's heart: Success outside the comfort zone is the sweetest of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 19, 2009
Writer-director Ross's true-believer American salesmanship%u2014inspired by Frank Capra and honed in Dave and Pleasantville--suits this story of American entrepreneurship, optimism, and resilience. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Becomes a tale about beating the odds, the triumph of competition, and how one small animal can bring a nation together to forget its miseries.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 31, 2008
Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
[It] may be too airbrushed for its own good, but in the end nothing can stop this story from putting a lump in your throat.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 18, 2007
Seabiscuit is not a work of great art, but it tells its solid story with grace and dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
We root for Seabiscuit, of course, but more out of obligation than devotion -- after all, we paid to see him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2007
I found this film stultifyingly self-important and, despite the regularity with which it cuts to the chase, weirdly static.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
For a film about an unfancied underdog, Seabiscuit is just far too pleased with itself.
Blake DePastino
Baltimore City Paper
May 20, 2006
So predictable that even this true story--the one so few people today know anything about -- seems like an accomplished fact before the opening credits are through.
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
It's a well-made film with some nice performances, but it lacks any sort of dramatic fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 3, 2005
The foolproof recipe for an old-fashioned, crowd-pleasing slice of summer counterprogramming, and Gary Ross hasn't botched the ready-made job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
The film becomes a parable about the power of seeing potential and cultivating it, even in those who do not aim so high themselves.
| Original Score: B
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 14, 2004
The terrific horse racing sequences, exciting as they are, complement the base story of human dignity and perseverance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 7, 2004
It's a good story well told, most of the actors are good, and the cinematography should win awards.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mark Sells
Film Threat
August 14, 2004
A quiet film, oftentimes silent for moments on end, in reflection of both tragedy and triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Watching this movie, you get the feeling that the Depression existed so that Seabiscuit could be memorialized.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 7, 2004
There's nothing for the audience to observe except the construction presented. Seabiscuit makes all its connections and observations for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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