'Secretariat' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
64%
Rotten Tomatoes:   151 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    80
    A rousing and heartwarming film, Diane Lane may get Disney the Best Actress Oscar.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    Secretariat, a benignly inspirational Disney sports drama about the legendary racehorse who won the Triple Crown in 1973, offers a fascinating test case for how much spoilers sometimes don't matter.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Just when we thought John Malkovich didn't have another semi-intentionally deranged performance left in him, he has come storming back with another uproarious turn...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • USA Today (Top Critic)
    The true story of the recordbreaking Secretariat is pretty stupendous as is. It didn't need schmaltzing up.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Director Randall Wallace has achieved the next to impossible, injecting genuine tension and suspense into a narrative we all know the ending to.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    The achievement of both the movie and what Lane does with the part is that it's all bait to write her off as a sufferer, a role that Lane, due to bad movies and the bad men in them, knows too well. Not this time.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The formulaic race footage itself is vigorous; the schmaltzy mythmaking script, on the other hand, deserves a one-way trip to the glue factory.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Randall Wallace's Secretariat knows which beats to hit: come-from-behind winner, historical setting, colorful characters -- check, check, check.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    A family film about one of the fastest racehorses in history, Secretariat stumbles along beneath the weight of leaden life lessons.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    Unimaginatively directed by Randall Wallace, Secretariat often visibly strains to avoid painful or messy reality...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Secretariat isn't bad but it's precisely what you'd expect.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Diane Lane inhabits roles with the naturalness of someone who's spent nearly a lifetime in front of the camera, and she's the bedrock of this inspirational sports story.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Wallace is a director of moments, not of cohesive wholes. His movie is a parade of confrontations punctuated by a thrilling race.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    Secretariat is a winner, but only by a few lengths.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Secretariat is a traditional, by-the-numbers feel-good movie that's likely to leave you cheering in the end anyway, even though you know what's coming.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    75
    I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff, and there is plenty of it in Secretariat. This is one terrific movie about one terrific horse.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    This conventional but rousingly effective picture pulls through its occasional faltering stretches by focusing on the essentials of its incredible real-life saga, even if the details have been massaged for maximum uplift.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Secretariat" ultimately delivers where it matters, in the home stretch.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    A well-acted tale of an underdog's triumph that sorely lacks an underdog, it teeters between pleasantly generic film biography and rank manipulation.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    75
    The film seeks to honor the memory of the great racehorse, and it largely succeeds.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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