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Racing Stripes Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    43

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Almost everyone in this has done better, and those who haven't, like young Ms. Panettiere, have plenty of time to do so.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    But when you think of the "Babe" pictures, and indeed even an animated cartoon like "Home on the Range," you realize Stripes is on autopilot with all of the usual elements: a heroine missing one parent, an animal missing both, an underdog (or underzebra), cute animals, the big race.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    So what disturbed me? It was the Shetland pony, which sports both Dustin Hoffman's pipes and his "I Heart Huckabees" toupee, and will haunt my nightmares forever.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    At best, Racing Stripes should play nicely to youngsters with the cutoff for enjoyment extending no further than midteens.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    You may end up being pleasantly surprised, especially if you have a ten-year old girl in tow.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Allison Benedikt

    Endearing but predictable.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Best live-action talking animal movie since Babe.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some mild language, including insults like "idiot," "blow sunshine up your tail," and "kick your butt." A bad word is amusingly cut off by an animal's "baaa." There is some crude humor, much of it involving animal poop (which most children will find very funny). An animal parent is very harsh to his child. There is a scary fall and some off-camera violence, but no one is hurt. Some viewers may be concerned about the storyline concerning the death of Channing's mother in a racing accident.

  • Families can talk about why Stripes was so unhappy to find out he was not a horse. Why did Clara and Nolan have different ideas about what was important? Why do some people think "different is scary?" What does it mean to say "You can put your boots in the oven but that doesn't make them biscuits?" What made Nolan change his mind about letting Channing race? They should also talk about the importance of both skill and discipline, and both ability and heart. What can you tell about the way families can resolve differences by the way Nolan and Channing talk to each other?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Off camera violence, tense scenes, slapstick moments.

  • sex false3

    Sexy stuff: Crude potty jokes.

  • language false0

    Language: Mild schoolyard language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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