• 24thhero

    ★★★★½ Added by 24thhero

    Secretariat is not an "animal" film. It is a serious period drama and a fun adventure, boosted by great performances from the cast and especially Lane. An excellent cinematography and a smartly written script make the film appealing to all ages.

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  • elliotx

    ★★★ Watched by elliotx 09 Jan, 2014

    Entertaining feel good though predictable horse movie from Disney.

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  • TheRantAsArt

    ★★★★ Rewatched by TheRantAsArt 07 Jun, 2014

    Technically speaking, this movie has some minor flaws in its execution, mainly surrounding the story of Penny Chenworth Tweedy and her struggle to maintain her family unit while saving the family horse farm after her parents die, while inserting herself into the male-dominated "Sport of Kings". Those aspects feel as though they are spread thin between the central story component of Secretariat's rise to Superhorse status and Triple Crown immortality. Having said that, I can't think of another way to…

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  • TajLV

    ★★★½ Added by TajLV

    This is the story of “Big Red,” better known to the world as Secretariat and arguably the greatest racehorse of the 20th century. But it’s also the story of perseverence, of having a dream and following it against all odds. Diane Lane portrays the horse’s owner with grit and determination. John Malkovich has a wonderfully kooky role as the trainer (gotta love the hats). It’s unbridled Disney and good entertainment at top form from start to finish, delivered at a brisk pace. Don’t miss the bonus features on the DVD to see the real people behind the champion.

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  • RJKarol

    ★★½ Watched by RJKarol 11 May, 2014

    This movie tugs at the heartstrings so much, you might go into cardiac arrest.

    I will say, I just wanted less of the humans and more of the horse(s). The horse(s) playing Secretariat should have had a special Oscar category for him. He was so magnetic and fascinating any moment he was on screen.

    And then there were people and we didn't care, except for the few moments where Malkovich spat out insults in his Malkovichian delivery.

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  • Fesapo

    ★★★ Watched by Fesapo 30 Mar, 2013

    68/100

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  • Suzanne Moses

    ★★★★ Added by Suzanne Moses

    Yes, horses get an automatic extra star. Comes from my childhood love of Black Stallion.

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  • wilchea

    ★★★★★ Added by wilchea

    great story based on real story. if you love horses...

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  • TheCincyKid

    ★★ Added by TheCincyKid

    Secretariat isn't about a horse. Or a jockey. Or a trainer. It's about a horse owner, an upper-class housewife. There's not much in jeopardy even if the film will relentlessly strive to assure you everything is. Any number of Disney films do better at paying tribute to the animal. This one venerates the person who owned it. Secretariat was a Time cover story. You don't sense that watching this. Rather than showcasing the greatest racehorse ever, they opted the rich owner could be the underdog.

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  • HD_Goofnut

    ★★★★ Added by HD_Goofnut

    When Penny Chenery, wife and mother of four, learns that her mother has died she travels from her home in Denver to her parents horse farm in Virginia. When she gets there she discovers that her father is getting sicker and the death of his wife is making it even worse. Penny then soon learns that the farm is in a extremely poor financial state so she decides to take her father's place at a coin flip for who will…

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  • QED

    ★★★ Added by QED

    This horse racing biopic comes from the Walt Disney stable and stars Diane Lane and John Malkovic. When a housewife's father can no longer run his horse farm she takes over and trains a horse to win the big horse achievement thing.

    Like most films based on historic events there seems to be a fair amount of “artistic licence” involved here with characters removed or amalgamated and changing of certain facts. Hollywood and Disney in particular like a nice piece…

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  • Amy Williamson

    ★★★★½ Watched by Amy Williamson 03 Aug, 2013 1

    Wonderful! I just love a good underdog story, especially if it's true.

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