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Seabiscuit Reviews

July 31, 2008
Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.
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.
March 26, 2007
I found this film stultifyingly self-important and, despite the regularity with which it cuts to the chase, weirdly static.
June 24, 2006
For a film about an unfancied underdog, Seabiscuit is just far too pleased with itself.
August 7, 2004
Watching this movie, you get the feeling that the Depression existed so that Seabiscuit could be memorialized.
August 27, 2003
In the structure of his screenplay Ross has taken a risk, and he has not quite brought it off.
August 6, 2003
[Seabiscuit] clicks on all cylinders as a technical achievement in re-creating a piece of racetrack history, though its larger sociological statements are more than a little overblown and oversimplified.
July 31, 2003
Ross restores the good name of crowd-pleasing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2003
Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit is for the ages. Ross' version is designed to last only until the next Oscar season rolls around.
July 25, 2003
Writer/director Gary Ross' movie isn't grand, but it's very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
Like a Ken Burns documentary relieved of the burden of accuracy, this is history as a warm bath you slip into for a while before stepping back into the chill of the present.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2003
Its likable cast makes up for any shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
A faithful, loving piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
Even told in an overinflated, overexplicit way, the story still has a kick.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2003
Seabiscuit is resoundingly well made and emotionally satisfying.
July 25, 2003
This is a movie that gets it all right.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 25, 2003
If you don't go away entertained, informed and sated with satisfaction, you need to have your pulse checked to see if you still have one.
July 25, 2003
Seabiscuit the movie gets it right -- not only providing exciting, saddle's-eye-view racing scenes, but also recalling the Depression era when 'the Biscuit' came from behind and gave the suffering nation hope.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
A genuinely inspirational film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
A movie that has as much heart as Seabiscuit himself.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 25, 2003
It's the kind of movie that makes you feel better for having watched it, a film of endless hope and energy.
Read More | Original Score: A
July 25, 2003
What Seabiscuit lacks in weight it makes up for in its old-fashioned faith that Americans will always embrace the underdog, always look to a brighter future and always bet on themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
The real find of the film is Gary Stevens as George Woolf, the famous jockey who steps in at a crucial moment for his friend Pollard.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
Seabiscuit is a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
Much like the horse it celebrates, Seabiscuit outruns its problems and comes home a winner by a nose.
Read More | Original Score: A-
July 25, 2003
The best thing about Seabiscuit is that it will make a lot of people hungry to read the book. They've seen the pretty pictures; now they'll want to enter the world.
July 25, 2003
A well-crafted assemblage of pathos and rousing moments, solidly acted and handsomely shot -- but it's far from champion material.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
Generally, Seabiscuit is a winner.
July 25, 2003
Bright, uplifting adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's runaway bestseller.
July 25, 2003
Seabiscuit may be a bit of cinematic comfort food, but it's elevated by an abundant sincerity.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 25, 2003
Seabiscuit will satisfy those who have read the book, and I imagine it will satisfy those like myself, who have not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 25, 2003
In a summer film season filled with plotless star vehicles and exploding sequels, Seabiscuit easily rides to the front of the pack.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 24, 2003
Seabiscuit grew out of a restless, populist strain in American culture. Seabiscuit, decorous to a fault, pays tribute to that spirit without partaking of it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 24, 2003
Even if thundering hoofbeats don't automatically electrify you, you'll be tempted to cheer when the dark horse crosses the finish line first.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 24, 2003
It is not as exceptional a film as the reality deserves, but with a story this strong and races this expertly re-created, it squeezes out a victory by being as good a movie as it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 24, 2003
A handsomely mounted Hollywood affair with a can't-miss story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 24, 2003
You get the feeling Ross doesn't want to entertain us so much as make us better human beings.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 24, 2003
Corny but effective.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 24, 2003
Likable but hopelessly folksy.
July 24, 2003
Even though Seabiscuit is a little on the long side, it works more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 24, 2003
A rare pedigreed entrant in a summer of mules.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 24, 2003
Seabiscuit is a good movie, but it could have been a great one -- it just misses by a nose.
July 24, 2003
Sleek, beautiful and packed with emotion, not too flashy but full of heart, this is a movie worthy of its unlikely yet glorious subject.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 22, 2003
Cerebral populism aside, there's some moderately exciting action here.
July 21, 2003
If you've been waiting all summer for a story that doesn't rely on explosions, car chases and computer-generated effects, here it is.
July 16, 2003
Seabiscuit aims to be a crowd pleaser, and for the most part it is.