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  • 50
    Variety

    It’s more of a bawdy buddy movie about the horse’s trainer, Chip Woolley, and owner, Mark Allen (who exec produced), with a bit of slapstick thrown in. show more

  • 40
    Zachary Wigon Village Voice

    While the film isn't without charming moments -- the Derby sequence is entertaining -- the lack of narrative sophistication grates. show more

  • 30
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    Far too much of this plodding picture is spent on odd couple Chip and Alex's road trip transporting Mine That Bird to Kentucky. Forced atmospherics, clichéd action bits and some tone-deaf slapstick weigh things down as well. show more

  • 50
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    Even if you’ve never heard any of this back story — let alone anything about Mine That Bird — the outcome of the film is never seriously in doubt. That leaves filmmaker Jim Wilson in the predicament of having to entertain us by showing how the horse and his handlers get their act together. Unfortunately, 50 to 1 never really does that. show more

  • July 29, 2014 Steve
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    Notice how the "experts" all panned this movie but us regular movie-goers (the ones who actually paid for our tickets) loved it. It just goes to show how out-of-touch with the public the "experts" are. This is an inspirational movie about the underdog triumphing against great odds (say 50-to-1), much like another great horse flick "Seabisquit". Of course we all know how it ends, but the journey is just as important as the destination. I thought it was a great touch to have Calvin Borel play himself. Sure, Borel's no actor. But he IS Calvin Borel, one of the most loved and best jockeys in racing. And then to see the actual subjects in the closing credits was another excellent decision. It's a great story with excellent acting (kudos to Skeet Ulrich, et al) and it deserves to be seen. The bottom line is if a big time movie reviewer gives a film a bad review you may just want to go see it!!

  • April 11, 2014 chattycat0
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    Such a great movie!!!! The casting was great and no down time in the movie! Story was told so well. Loved, loved, loved this movie! Everyone should go see this movie!!

  • April 05, 2014 lauravanduyn
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    I just saw this movie and it's very inspiring to watch underdogs who no one believes in, and then they win. It is highly entertaining with no drag from scene to scene. For a small movie, the acting was really good too. Loved the fact that the jockey, Calvin Borel, played himself.

  • March 24, 2014 marciaharalson
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    This is a wonderfully entertaining movie with a great cast. It never drags and is mindful of the real people it represents. A well told story that truly portrays the story of a great underdog!

  • March 20, 2014 DANETTA
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    I PERSONALLY KNOW THIS HORSE AND ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED WITH HIM AND HIS RACING CAREER. I HAVE BEEN TO THE DOUBLE EAGLE WHERE BIRD LIVES AND CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE THE MOVIE. GO BIRD, GO MARK. LOVE YOU BOTH

  • March 14, 2014 Robyn
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    I have been around horses all my life. This is one movie that I will be waiting to see. As this looks like a plus score in my book.

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