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Seabiscuit Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 31, 2008
Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
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.
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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.
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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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Watching this movie, you get the feeling that the Depression existed so that Seabiscuit could be memorialized.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 27, 2003
In the structure of his screenplay Ross has taken a risk, and he has not quite brought it off.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 31, 2003
Ross restores the good name of crowd-pleasing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 26, 2003
Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit is for the ages. Ross' version is designed to last only until the next Oscar season rolls around.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 25, 2003
Writer/director Gary Ross' movie isn't grand, but it's very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 25, 2003
Its likable cast makes up for any shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 25, 2003
A faithful, loving piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 25, 2003
Even told in an overinflated, overexplicit way, the story still has a kick.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
July 25, 2003
Seabiscuit is resoundingly well made and emotionally satisfying.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 25, 2003
This is a movie that gets it all right.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 25, 2003
A genuinely inspirational film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Fred M. Faour
Houston Chronicle
July 25, 2003
A movie that has as much heart as Seabiscuit himself.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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.
| Original Score: A
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 25, 2003
Seabiscuit is a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 25, 2003
Much like the horse it celebrates, Seabiscuit outruns its problems and comes home a winner by a nose.
| Original Score: A-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 25, 2003
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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.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 25, 2003
A well-crafted assemblage of pathos and rousing moments, solidly acted and handsomely shot -- but it's far from champion material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 25, 2003
Generally, Seabiscuit is a winner.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 25, 2003
Bright, uplifting adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's runaway bestseller.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 25, 2003
Seabiscuit may be a bit of cinematic comfort food, but it's elevated by an abundant sincerity.
| Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 24, 2003
A handsomely mounted Hollywood affair with a can't-miss story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 24, 2003
Corny but effective.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 24, 2003
Likable but hopelessly folksy.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 2003
A rare pedigreed entrant in a summer of mules.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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July 24, 2003
Seabiscuit is a good movie, but it could have been a great one -- it just misses by a nose.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 22, 2003
Cerebral populism aside, there's some moderately exciting action here.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 16, 2003
Seabiscuit aims to be a crowd pleaser, and for the most part it is.