Seabiscuit
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For his sophomore effort, director Gary Ross re-teams with Tobey Maguire and William H. Macy, stars of his directorial debut Pleasantville, for this depression-era sports drama about the legendary racehorse, Seabiscuit. Unlike 1949's fictionalized The Story of Seabiscuit starring Shirley Temple, this version attempts to present a factual account of the story, which centers around the three men who saw the famed horse to victory. Jeff Bridges stars as Charles Howard, an entrepreneur who owns the unlikely racehorse. Howard teams with partially blind boxer-turned-jockey Red Pollard (Maguire… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"For a film about an unfancied underdog, Seabiscuit is just far too pleased with itself."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"promises filet mignon, only to deliver oats and hay"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Writer-director Ross's true-believer American salesmanship%u2014inspired by Frank Capra and honed in Dave and Pleasantville--suits this story of American entrepreneurship, optimism, and resilience. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"We root for Seabiscuit, of course, but more out of obligation than devotion -- after all, we paid to see him."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"[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."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Watching this movie, you get the feeling that the Depression existed so that Seabiscuit could be memorialized."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"An inspiring story for teens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Becomes a tale about beating the odds, the triumph of competition, and how one small animal can bring a nation together to forget its miseries."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"So predictable that even this true story--the one so few people today know anything about -- seems like an accomplished fact before the opening credits are through."
‑ Blake DePastino, Baltimore City Paper
"I found this film stultifyingly self-important and, despite the regularity with which it cuts to the chase, weirdly static."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"In the structure of his screenplay Ross has taken a risk, and he has not quite brought it off."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"It's inspiring despite a sobering thesis: The future is intoxicating, but progress is a kind way of rendering someone's livelihood obsolete. Gary Ross probed the underdog principle's heart: Success outside the comfort zone is the sweetest of all."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Seabiscuit is not a work of great art, but it tells its solid story with grace and dignity."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"It's a well-made film with some nice performances, but it lacks any sort of dramatic fire."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
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