Secretariat Reviews

  • A rousing and heartwarming film, Diane Lane may get Disney the Best Actress Oscar.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Secretariat, a benignly inspirational Disney sports drama about the legendary racehorse who won the Triple Crown in 1973, offers a fascinating test case for how much spoilers sometimes don't matter.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • It's a pleasurable, seductive fantasy partly because, as we have known from the start of cinema, the sight of a running horse is a beautiful thing.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • The true story of the recordbreaking Secretariat is pretty stupendous as is. It didn't need schmaltzing up.

    USA Today

  • Director Randall Wallace has achieved the next to impossible, injecting genuine tension and suspense into a narrative we all know the ending to.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • The achievement of both the movie and what Lane does with the part is that it's all bait to write her off as a sufferer, a role that Lane, due to bad movies and the bad men in them, knows too well. Not this time.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • The formulaic race footage itself is vigorous; the schmaltzy mythmaking script, on the other hand, deserves a one-way trip to the glue factory.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • Randall Wallace's Secretariat knows which beats to hit: come-from-behind winner, historical setting, colorful characters -- check, check, check.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • A family film about one of the fastest racehorses in history, Secretariat stumbles along beneath the weight of leaden life lessons.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • A finely constructed feel-good movie, gorgeous to look at, suspenseful when it's supposed to be and firmly in control of the sports movie archetypes and tropes that it wields like an experienced jockey using a riding crop.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Unimaginatively directed by Randall Wallace, Secretariat often visibly strains to avoid painful or messy reality...

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Secretariat isn't bad but it's precisely what you'd expect.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Diane Lane inhabits roles with the naturalness of someone who's spent nearly a lifetime in front of the camera, and she's the bedrock of this inspirational sports story.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Wallace is a director of moments, not of cohesive wholes. His movie is a parade of confrontations punctuated by a thrilling race.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

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

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Secretariat is a traditional, by-the-numbers feel-good movie that's likely to leave you cheering in the end anyway, even though you know what's coming.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff, and there is plenty of it in Secretariat. This is one terrific movie about one terrific horse.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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