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  • Summary: A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world's racing elite. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 22, 2014
    50
    Even if you’ve never heard any of this back story — let alone anything about Mine That Bird — the outcome of the film is never seriously in doubt. That leaves filmmaker Jim Wilson in the predicament of having to entertain us by showing how the horse and his handlers get their act together. Unfortunately, 50 to 1 never really does that.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Edelstein
    May 20, 2014
    50
    It’s more of a bawdy buddy movie about the horse’s trainer, Chip Woolley, and owner, Mark Allen (who exec produced), with a bit of slapstick thrown in.
  3. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    May 22, 2014
    40
    While the film isn't without charming moments -- the Derby sequence is entertaining -- the lack of narrative sophistication grates.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 22, 2014
    30
    Far too much of this plodding picture is spent on odd couple Chip and Alex's road trip transporting Mine That Bird to Kentucky. Forced atmospherics, clichéd action bits and some tone-deaf slapstick weigh things down as well.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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