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Detroit Free Press:
What Seabiscuit lacks in weight it makes up for in its old-fashioned faith that Americans will always embrace the underdog, always look to a brighter future and always bet on themselves.
Ebert & Roeper:
If you've been waiting all summer for a story that doesn't rely on explosions, car chases and computer-generated effects, here it is.
Sleek, beautiful and packed with emotion, not too flashy but full of heart, this is a movie worthy of its unlikely yet glorious subject.
New York Times:
Seabiscuit grew out of a restless, populist strain in American culture. Seabiscuit, decorous to a fault, pays tribute to that spirit without partaking of it.
I found this film stultifyingly self-important and, despite the regularity with which it cuts to the chase, weirdly static.
Los Angeles Times:
It is not as exceptional a film as the reality deserves, but with a story this strong and races this expertly re-created, it squeezes out a victory by being as good a movie as it needs to be.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
Seabiscuit is a good movie, but it could have been a great one -- it just misses by a nose.
The real find of the film is Gary Stevens as George Woolf, the famous jockey who steps in at a crucial moment for his friend Pollard.
Globe and Mail:
A well-crafted assemblage of pathos and rousing moments, solidly acted and handsomely shot -- but it's far from champion material.
Despite the mugging from Macy and sparks of genuine turmoil generated by the ever-surprising Maguire, there isn't a spontaneous moment in the whole picture.
[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.
New York Daily News:
Seabiscuit the movie gets it right -- not only providing exciting, saddle's-eye-view racing scenes, but also recalling the Depression era when 'the Biscuit' came from behind and gave the suffering nation hope.
New York Observer:
If you don't go away entertained, informed and sated with satisfaction, you need to have your pulse checked to see if you still have one.
New York Observer:
[Seabiscuit] clicks on all cylinders as a technical achievement in re-creating a piece of racetrack history, though its larger sociological statements are more than a little overblown and oversimplified.
Even though Seabiscuit is a little on the long side, it works more often than not.
Seabiscuit will satisfy those who have read the book, and I imagine it will satisfy those like myself, who have not.
Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit is for the ages. Ross' version is designed to last only until the next Oscar season rolls around.
The best thing about Seabiscuit is that it will make a lot of people hungry to read the book. They've seen the pretty pictures; now they'll want to enter the world.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Even if thundering hoofbeats don't automatically electrify you, you'll be tempted to cheer when the dark horse crosses the finish line first.
Like a Ken Burns documentary relieved of the burden of accuracy, this is history as a warm bath you slip into for a while before stepping back into the chill of the present.
For a film about an unfancied underdog, Seabiscuit is just far too pleased with itself.
Writer/director Gary Ross' movie isn't grand, but it's very good.
Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.