October 8, 2010
Critics Consensus: Secretariat Is A Solid Bet
This week at the movies, we've got a legendary racehorse (Secretariat, starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich), an unconventional family unit (Life as We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel), and ome unhappy birthdays (My Soul to Take, starring Max Thieriot and John Magaro). What do the critics have to say? Ah, the inspirational sports movie: it's a subgenre we never seem to tire of, no matter what the athletic pursuit or how conventional the script. And critics say Secretariat, a biopic (horsey-pic?) of the 1973 Triple Crown winner, is a pretty solid wager, with strong performances and thrilling race sequences largely offsetting the fact that little of the story will come as a surprise -- even if you don't have a sports almanac on your shelf.