• PG-13, 2 hr. 20 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Gary Ross
    In Theaters:
    Jul 25, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 16, 2003
  • Universal Pictures

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Seabiscuit Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

promises filet mignon, only to deliver oats and hay

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C

May 19, 2013
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

An inspiring story for teens and up.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2010
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 23, 2010
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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 Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 19, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 31, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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[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.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Seabiscuit is not a work of great art, but it tells its solid story with grace and dignity.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 18, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

We root for Seabiscuit, of course, but more out of obligation than devotion -- after all, we paid to see him.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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I found this film stultifyingly self-important and, despite the regularity with which it cuts to the chase, weirdly static.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 26, 2007
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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For a film about an unfancied underdog, Seabiscuit is just far too pleased with itself.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Blake DePastino
Baltimore City Paper

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.

Full Review Source: Baltimore City Paper

May 20, 2006
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

It's a well-made film with some nice performances, but it lacks any sort of dramatic fire.

Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Original Score: 2/5

March 5, 2005
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

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 Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 3, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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

December 6, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

The terrific horse racing sequences, exciting as they are, complement the base story of human dignity and perseverance.

Full Review | Original Score: A

October 14, 2004
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

It's a good story well told, most of the actors are good, and the cinematography should win awards.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 8/10

October 7, 2004
Mark Sells
Film Threat

A quiet film, oftentimes silent for moments on end, in reflection of both tragedy and triumph.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

August 14, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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Watching this movie, you get the feeling that the Depression existed so that Seabiscuit could be memorialized.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

August 7, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

There's nothing for the audience to observe except the construction presented. Seabiscuit makes all its connections and observations for you.

Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS) | Original Score: 2/5

July 7, 2004
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