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  • Summary: Based on the remarkable true story, "Secretariat" chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds,Based on the remarkable true story, "Secretariat" chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery--with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin--manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time. (Walt Disney Pictures)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 100
    It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    80
    This isn't a passionate, showy part, but it's a finely drawn performance, worthy of a veteran actress (Lane) who started her career as Secretariat did in the 1970s (in A Little Romance) and has since earned a champion status of her own.
  3. 75
    This is one terrific movie about one terrific horse. It enthralls on so many levels-emotional, cinematic, historic.
  4. Only a heartfelt performance by Diane Lane rescues the film from abject mediocrity.
  5. Lane, experiencing her career heyday, is sweet enough to have you rooting for her, even if her journey to the winner's circle is an odds-on favorite.
  6. 58
    The film ultimately feels like a well-trod journey to a familiar destination with not enough wonder along the way.
  7. Secretariat stumbles along beneath the weight of leaden life lessons. They're dispensed at frequent intervals by Diane Lane, who does better than anyone had a right to expect, since she is saddled with dialogue of exceptional dreadfulness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Nov 3, 2015
    10
    Unlivable, out standing, are things that this movie got spot on. It's a great movie, a good horse/sports movie.It literally beat all theUnlivable, out standing, are things that this movie got spot on. It's a great movie, a good horse/sports movie.It literally beat all the other sports and horse movies that year by 31 lengths. Expand
  2. Feb 22, 2011
    8
    Secretariat is a beautifully shot film, both on and off the track, with careful thought given to the people behind this incredible animal.Secretariat is a beautifully shot film, both on and off the track, with careful thought given to the people behind this incredible animal. Though it doesn't stray too far from a family drama formula, with humor and social tension feeling a bit generic and familiar, it still manages to be quite touching and convincing throughout its telling, especially in its final act. Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2010
    8
    Very nice horse movie - incredible how the director was able to build excitement even though we already knew the outcome of the races. DianeVery nice horse movie - incredible how the director was able to build excitement even though we already knew the outcome of the races. Diane Lane's performance is close to brilliant as the smart, tough Ms. Chenery.

    A few quibbles, of course. The Belmont portion should have focused more on the race - it's probably the single most exciting event in sports history and I thought all the cutaways to the stands dispelled some of the excitement. Also, the absence of Riva Ridge was notable, and some geographical blunders (Ms. Chenery apparently has the ability to teleport from her farm in Virginia to the **** farm in Kentucky).

    But the quibbles are fairly minor. In its favor, I was surprised that the film actually did show the price Penny Chenery paid in the distance from her family. In real life, choices have costs, and although the movie did not completely explore that, the fact that it spent so much time on it was quite courageous.

    For anyone who enjoys a good horse movie, I highly recommend it. It's better than 'Seabiscuit', IMHO, although perhaps not as good cinematically as 'The Black Stallion', but it's better in characterization than that film.
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  4. May 28, 2011
    6
    Secretariat proved to be a nice, average Disney feel-good movie. The viewer will find no surprises, but should be entertained if watched inSecretariat proved to be a nice, average Disney feel-good movie. The viewer will find no surprises, but should be entertained if watched in the right mood. Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2010
    5
    A stab right in Virginia's heart! The first time we see the farm where this famous horse was born, there's a sign saying "Doswell, Virginia."A stab right in Virginia's heart! The first time we see the farm where this famous horse was born, there's a sign saying "Doswell, Virginia." The sad part is that our state lost the bid to shoot the movie here. As for the film itself, an even earlier screen says volumes: "Disney." That's right, this story of a great steed has been given then squeaky clean, cute and inspiring gloss of the family filmmakers. Dianne Lane plays the spunky woman who gambles on a promising steed and makes history. While everything about the film is competent (and the race scenes are strong), nothing about it is especially memorable or moving. It's pretty a much by-the-numbers bio-pic. Expand
  6. Nov 3, 2010
    5
    not the best horse racing movie i have seen. the only good parts are the actual racing seens. the story is good but hollywood didnt put enoughnot the best horse racing movie i have seen. the only good parts are the actual racing seens. the story is good but hollywood didnt put enough into it. Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2011
    1
    There are far better horse movies to be seen than this. This is a watered down Disney flick that lacks any grit or conflict. A horse fromThere are far better horse movies to be seen than this. This is a watered down Disney flick that lacks any grit or conflict. A horse from known winning blood lines, owned by rich people that wins virtually all his races. So? If you want to see an excellent horse movie, watch Phar Lap or The Black Stallion. Expand

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