National Velvet - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

National Velvet Reviews

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September 12, 2016
Donald Crisp and Anne Revere save this treacly family drama from choking on its own sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
August 31, 2012
I think that [Elizabeth Taylor] and the picture are wonderful.
June 18, 2012
Assigned her first starring role, Elizabeth Taylor, then 11, gives a compelling performance in what's one of the most likeable and popular child-animal tales.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 16, 2011
Watching a young Elizabeth Taylor work is like watching a seed grow into a blossoming flower.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
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.
March 23, 2011
Perhaps the only time Elizabeth Taylor's costar matched her visual scene stealing. He's a horse, albeit a gelding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 23, 2011
A good movie for kids and armchair Freudians.
December 26, 2010
Great family movie; even better for horse lovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 20, 2009
Winsome horse story family film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Top Critic
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.
October 19, 2004
One of the best horse movies; Rooney, Taylor are fine
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2003
Gorgeous photography and a great musical score win through in a film hampered by its hopelessly slow pacing.
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
July 29, 2002
"Taylor at her most fetching"
| Original Score: 4/5
April 17, 2001
Both Taylor and Rooney give without doubt the best performances of their pre-adult years but there's also much pleasure to be had from a stellar supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Great fun for the youngsters among you, but I don't know how much 'sheer determination' us adults can stand at once.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
December 11, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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