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Based on the Novel "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion" By William Nack, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery-with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)-manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.-- (C) Disney

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Secretariat is a winner, but only by a few lengths."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"a safe, enjoyable movie that can be watched by yourself, on a date or at your mother's house after Sunday dinner"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Diane Lane delivers one of the finest performances of her career."
‑ Roger Tennis,
"Celebrates greatness on four legs with a decent--if not record-breaking--amount of light entertainment. What're the odds?"
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"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."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"It teeters between pleasantly generic film biography and rank manipulation."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Secretariat is cliched, unrealistic and predictable, but it will make you feel good"
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Easily as good of a film as "Seabiscuit," and family-friendly."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The racing scenes, easily the best thing in this otherwise uninspired piece of inspirationalism, come as a distinct relief."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"You could go see this just to enjoy the production design."
‑ Dave White,
"This horse-sports-opera boasts all the ingredients for a successful run."
‑ James Croot,
"Let down by a shallow, bland treatment and characters that feign depth and go nowhere. In this category, it is still 'Seabiscuit' by a mile."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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