Secretariat Synopsis
The story of the 1973 Triple Crown winner also profiles his owner, Penny Chenery (Diane Lane).
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Grace is grace, and however it arrives, there's no denying its presence.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
An engaging sports movie about the greatest racehorse ever and his female owner who literally bets the farm on his supremacy.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
What you DO get with Secretariat is a picture that, unlike its bland predecessor Seabiscuit, actually captures some of the thrill of...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The result, if occasionally forced, is also irresistible.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This pleasantly rote movie will rouse you.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If it's hip to be square, then this racehorse movie is the ultimate in cornball cool.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The true story of the recordbreaking Secretariat is pretty stupendous as is. It didn't need schmaltzing up.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Wallace layers on some era-specific meaning to Chenery, who seems to be simply following her lineage, thanks to Lane's quietly dignified...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
In Secretariat, the fictionalized bits are simple exaggerations - broad, Disneyish adjustments in races and other realities.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Secretariat stumbles along beneath the weight of leaden life lessons. They're dispensed at frequent intervals by Diane Lane, who does...
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By jgmckee4
It was awesome!!! Hope you will show more movies of that category....

Five Word Review

By hiltd
secretariat is a killer movie...

I saw it at an early screening.

By Jen_Smith
I enjoyed it. It was good - entertaining, suspenseful, crowd pleaser, fun characters, nice cinematography and based on a true story. It was definitely worth seeing. I think most age groups would...


By grandma movie taker
OMG. Took my granddaughter and I was around when the real horse won the triple crown but never knew the background. The movie brought tears of joy and anxiety and surprise even though I knew the...

Great right up until its just about over

By hntr51
A very good story, if not overly syrupy (this is a Disney movie). The writing and acting were strong by all and if not for the last 2-5 minutes of the movie, I would be all in with a "Must GO!"...

Well Worth Seeing!

By KatyFwy
Having been a teenager during the time of Secretariat's heydays, I was eager to see this film. I was not disappointed. Along with the retelling of the horse's glory, I so enjoyed the character...


By mdgsolo
Never written a review for a movie at Fandango or anywhere else. My qualifications are this: Just left the theater after seeing Secretariat in the last hour or so and read about the movie just now...

Loved it! Malkovich and Lane were excellent..

By carolynt
I went to see it thinking the story was about Secretariat and while that was part of the story, it is really the story of Penny Tweedy. I am a fan of horse racing and I remember the Triple Crown...

Loved it

By sunnyforever
One of the greatest horses who ever raced; I remember watching Secretariat that year he won the Triple Crown. This is a matter of history so I hope this does not spoil it for anyone. This movie was...


Best movie I've seen, perhaps ever, and I'd recommend it to anyone, especially families with teenagers who need to see how hard work gets good results. It's not only about the greatest...

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Rated PG | For brief mild language
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Common Sense Media says Inspiring true story about an amazing woman and her horse.
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