Secretariat (2010)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rousing, heartwarming, and squarely traditional, Secretariat offers exactly what you'd expect from an inspirational Disney drama -- no more, and no less.

Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Secretariat is a winner, but only by a few lengths.

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Sarah Marrs

If you want to see a horseracing movie with your family about the triumph of spirit through sport and the unique bond between a horse and its rider, just stay home and rent The Black Stallion.

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Dana Stevens

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Roe McDermott
Hot Press

The race scenes are impressively kinetic as Wallace uses slow-motion shots, low camera angles and archived footage to imbue the races with excitement, but it's not enough to lift this Hallmark snooze-fest.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The racing scenes, easily the best thing in this otherwise uninspired piece of inspirationalism, come as a distinct relief.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a safe, enjoyable movie that can be watched by yourself, on a date or at your mother's house after Sunday dinner

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Secretariat is a well crafted family film in the vein of Seabiscuit. With a great cast headed by Diane Lane and John Malkovich, Secretariat is an entertaining… More
Thomas Johnston
Just a typical "feel good" movie.
Candy Rose
True story about the best race horse who won the triple crown due to the determination of its owner, trainer and jockey. Great cast. If you like Seabiscuit you… More
Cynthia S.
Wonderful wonderful!! Yes it's Disney made. So what?? It's well done, inspiring, and extremely exciting (even though I knew the outcomes, I was still… More
paul sandberg
An Extremely well produced film - glossy, shiny and well paced, this Disney production manages to get past some heavy handed Disneyesque sentimentality and… More
Jim Hunter
A housewife balances her family life with her commitment to a horse she believes can win the Triple Crown. This is a Disney film through and through. Nobody… More