"Lane, in a series of wigs to portray the blond Penny Tweedy, holds the film together with a sturdy performance that suggests, in moments, a mystical connection between horse and owner."
Hollywood Reporter - Kirk Honeycutt (10/03/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his thrilling and inspiring entertainment about the legendary, 1973 Triple Crown winning horse should have audiences standing up and cheering."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (10/05/2010)
"Lane projects the combo of homespun warmth and steely determination that has always been intrinsic to her screen appeal. Of the sterling supporting thesps, Cromwell is a subtle standout..."
Variety - Justin Chang (10/03/2010)
"[With] a strong and satisfying performance by Diane Lane....She is an actress with an instinct for honesty, someone incapable of false moves, and her restrained focused, performance as Chenery is a graceful stabilizing force here."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (10/08/2010)
4 stars out of 4 -- "It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (10/06/2009)
"[SECRETARIAT] actually captures some of the thrill of racing. Wallace and cinematographer Dean Semler film each race of the Triple Crown distinctively and cleverly..."
Movieline - Stephanie Zacharek (10/08/2010)
3 stars out of 4 -- "With this stirring, thoroughly entertaining movie, director Randall Wallace has achieved the next to impossible, injecting genuine tension and suspense into a narrative we all know the ending to."
Wall Street Journal (10/08/2010)
"It uses a fantastic gospel anthem to stoke our feelings, the Edwin Hawkins Singers' 1969 rendition of 'Oh Happy Day'....That song, with its funky-sublime syncopation, its waves of lordly joy, makes us feel that, yes, Secretariat really was a miracle horse..."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (10/08/2010)