'Seabiscuit' Critic Reviews

86%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
77%
Rotten Tomatoes:   208 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    A rare pedigreed entrant in a summer of mules.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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 » 11 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    It tells such a good story in such a cleverly old-fashioned way that you go along with practically everything.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Writer/director Gary Ross' movie isn't grand, but it's very good.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Bright, uplifting adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's runaway bestseller.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Generally, Seabiscuit is a winner.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    Seabiscuit is a triumph.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Cerebral populism aside, there's some moderately exciting action here.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jami Bernard New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 11 years ago
  • Fred M. Faour Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    92
    A movie that has as much heart as Seabiscuit himself.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    A handsomely mounted Hollywood affair with a can't-miss story.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 11 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Watching this movie, you get the feeling that the Depression existed so that Seabiscuit could be memorialized.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Seabiscuit will satisfy those who have read the book, and I imagine it will satisfy those like myself, who have not.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 11 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    I found this film stultifyingly self-important and, despite the regularity with which it cuts to the chase, weirdly static.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Corny but effective.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 11 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    92
    It's the kind of movie that makes you feel better for having watched it, a film of endless hope and energy.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    In a summer film season filled with plotless star vehicles and exploding sequels, Seabiscuit easily rides to the front of the pack.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    [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.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    100
    This is a movie that gets it all right.
    Full Review » 11 years ago