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Seabiscuit Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
September 14, 2003
I had thought it was FDR, rather than Seabiscuit, that pulled America up from the depths of depression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 24, 2003
Likable but hopelessly folksy.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 25, 2003
A handsome, respectful, beautifully designed film, and the acting is splendid, but a number of factors keep Seabiscuit from greatness.
| Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
July 22, 2003
A bloated, slow bore. And I'm being kind.
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Todd McCarthy
July 31, 2008
Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 28, 2003
You're better off with the PBS documentary, which gets the story straight at barely one-third the length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
July 24, 2003
The only truly striking performance is the hilarious turn by the invaluable William H. comes as a blessed relief from the otherwise draggy proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 24, 2003
Striving to affirm Seabiscuit's historic impact, Ross misses the joy of Seabiscuit's history.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
July 23, 2003
My mother always says if you don't have anything nice to say...blame the director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 8, 2003
For all its promise and hype, "Seabiscuit" is unfortunately little more than a sugar cube of good intentions undermined by a saccharine aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Erik Childress
July 24, 2003
With a cast, a fillmaker and a story as inspirational as this, Seabiscuit should have either flown out of the gate or come charging late in the stretch rather than constantly waiting to make its move in the middle of the pack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Arthur Lazere
July 24, 2003
Every time [William H. Macy] appears on screen, and only when he appears on screen, 'Seabiscuit' comes genuinely and delightfully alive.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 25, 2003
A bloated inspirational story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeremy Heilman
August 24, 2003
There's no escaping the fact while watching it that we're essentially watching the story of an icon founded out of PR hype.
Full Review | Original Score: 43/100
Dan Jardine
February 29, 2004
Beautiful, but kinda dumbly obvious. Maguire does solid work, but Ross's heavy handedness is crushing.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 25, 2004
A direção maniqueísta de Ross, a trilha sentimentalóide de Randy Newman e o roteiro repleto de clichês derrubam a boa história.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
July 24, 2003
Despite the mugging from Macy and sparks of genuine turmoil generated by the ever-surprising Maguire, there isn't a spontaneous moment in the whole picture.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 24, 2003
You get the feeling Ross doesn't want to entertain us so much as make us better human beings.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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