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Seabiscuit Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A grand ride. Sleek, beautiful and packed with emotion, not too flashy but full of heart, this is a movie worthy of its unlikely yet glorious subject: Depression-era America's best-loved racehorse and the two races that made him a legend.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Trembles with respect for Hillenbrand's book. It's hobbled by good intentions, grand plans for telling many stories at once, and a fear of the very audience whose intelligence and sophistication it claims to court.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    For all its pictorial splendor and carefully calculated drama, this film misses greatness by a country mile.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Fortunately, a movie that needs some levity gets a comic boost from William H. Macy as a fictional racing handicapper from the golden days of radio. As if training a horse, Macy cues us to laugh every time he's on screen.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Actors dominate with finely nuanced performances where every scene feels dramatically right.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

An inspiring story for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Red's parents are forced by their reduced circumstances to give him to someone who owns a stable and who offers to put Red up as a jockey. His parents' unexpected abandonment scars him and might frighten younger viewers who, like Red, do not understand why his parents would leave him. There is an off-screen car crash which takes the life of Charles' young son, followed by shock and mourning. Also, Red tries to make some money by amateur boxing -- Red sustains significant injuries and the crowd watching the fight seems quite menacing. There is another sports-related injury which features Red resulting in a mangled leg. In addition, there are references to drinking during the Prohibition, and the radio announcer drinks quite a bit. The jockeys frequent a brothel in Mexico, where there is a scene of implied sexuality between Red and one of the ladies there.

  • Families can talk about the way each of the characters react to loss -- Charles with isolation and reflection, Tom with pragmatism, and Red with anger -- and how these reactions might be strengths or weaknesses or both. they should also talk about how each of the characters (including Seabiscuit) transforms the others. Each member of the family should ask, "Whose life can I change?" Families should also talk about what Charles means when he says that someone who does not know he is small can sometimes do something big.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Recognition of talent and excellence beyond outside appearances is a theme of the movie.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Bloody prizefighting, desertion of child by parents, off-screen death of a child. Sports-related peril.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Implied sexual situation, shots of a brothel.

  • language false3

    Language: Colorful language and swearing when angry.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking, use of alcohol to forget problems. Lots of smoking.