Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) takes over her ailing father's Thoroughbred farm and, together with trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), fosters a colt that wins horse racing's Triple Crown in 1973.
" My advice: If you're looking for a nostalgic, inspirational horse-race biopic that doesn't isolate itself completely from economic, historical, and racial reality, go rent Seabiscuit. "
" Unimaginatively directed by Randall Wallace, Secretariat often visibly strains to avoid painful or messy reality... "
" Secretariat" ultimately delivers where it matters, in the home stretch. "
" Don't fret when the film gets stuck in stodgy mud. Just bask in the glory that was Secretariat, and watch that horse ride. "
" The racing scenes, easily the best thing in this otherwise uninspired piece of inspirationalism, come as a distinct relief. "
" A family film about one of the fastest racehorses in history, Secretariat stumbles along beneath the weight of leaden life lessons. "
" Just how much you enjoy Secretariat, Disney's glossy-coated biopic of the celebrated racehorse, depends in large part on how much you know of his career. If you know zilch, you'll be thrilled. "
" It's a pleasurable, seductive fantasy partly because, as we have known from the start of cinema, the sight of a running horse is a beautiful thing. "
" The film seeks to honor the memory of the great racehorse, and it largely succeeds. "
" Director Randall Wallace has achieved the next to impossible, injecting genuine tension and suspense into a narrative we all know the ending to. "
" A finely constructed feel-good movie, gorgeous to look at, suspenseful when it's supposed to be and firmly in control of the sports movie archetypes and tropes that it wields like an experienced jockey using a riding crop. "
" This horsey, 1970s-set Disney film doesn't boast the most imaginative script and is too long and businesslike for youngsters -- yet it still produces a lump in the throat. "
" Secretariat earns its best accolades for asking even larger questions as it highlights the story not just of a terrific horse but of his greatest champion, owner Penny Chenery, portrayed with grace, edge and a growing sense of self by Diane Lane. "
" This is an undeniably well-crafted genre piece. "
" With a film like this, moments of emotion-run-amok excessiveness are inevitable, but a trio of interlocking factors keep the winces at a minimum and stop the film from going too far off the rails. "
" Predictable but thoroughly entertaining and largely accurate story of the greatest racehorse of all time. "
" When the movie climactically reproduces that exhilarating Belmont, the fiction is just a pale shadow of the fact, and the realized myth that lives in our memory dies on the screen. "
" Secretariat is a winner, but only by a few lengths. "
" The true story of the recordbreaking Secretariat is pretty stupendous as is. It didn't need schmaltzing up. "
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