Seabiscuit (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 25, 2003
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A life-affirming, if saccharine, epic treatment of a spirit-lifting figure in sports history.

Todd McCarthy

Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

For a film about an unfancied underdog, Seabiscuit is just far too pleased with itself.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

promises filet mignon, only to deliver oats and hay

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David Ansen

[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.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Watching this movie, you get the feeling that the Depression existed so that Seabiscuit could be memorialized.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

An inspiring story for teens and up.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I found this film stultifyingly self-important and, despite the regularity with which it cuts to the chase, weirdly static.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

In the structure of his screenplay Ross has taken a risk, and he has not quite brought it off.

Nick Rogers

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The Rocky Balboa story set in horse-racing, about making good on second chances, and directly related to the tough times of the Depression, when many people… More
Jim Careter
A incredible film, this and Seabiscuit are classics
Alex roy
Seabiscuit is a wonderful sports drama film about the race horse Seabiscuit. Set during the Great Depression, Seabiscuit tells the famed story of the men who… More
Candy Rose
Lovely movie about a young man who becomes a jockey and bounds with his horse Seabiscuit. They're like two lost souls. The underdog triumps, it will make… More
Dean McKenna
This exquisitely produced, based-on-fact drama is a throwback to those wonderful 1940s tales of the little guy toughing it out. As Americans suffer through the… More
Richard C