|Universal Pictures | Release Date: July 25, 2003||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
If Ross had merely told his story and re-created the media folk culture of the thirties, the movie might have been a classic. [4 August 2003, p. 84]
The three (human) leads are perfection. Bridges' Howard is as breezily garrulous and glad-handing as Cooper's Smith is laconic and withdrawn. Maguire's Pollard has haunted eyes and orangey hair that makes him look like a human jack-o'-lantern, and establishes his own unique rhythm and less-is-more style. Read full review
For all its pictorial splendor and carefully calculated drama, this film misses greatness by a country mile.
For such a pedestrian exercise in Spielbergian sentiment, the somewhat stale Seabiscuit dunks into some gravy moments; the always dependable William H. Macy is three honks and six rattles of comic relief as the sound effectshappy, kooky radio reporter Tick Tock McGlaughlin, and the racing scenes themselves are spectacular. Read full review
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