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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A look at lives and hopes that are part of our American culture. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    For anyone with an interest in racing, "First Saturday" is a sure bet. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Horse lovers and racing enthusiasts are this likable film's obvious audience, but you don't have to care about the Derby to get caught up in the stories of the people and the horses behind the two minutes of glory. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    A compelling look at the price paid by the men who devote their lives to these extraordinary animals. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    The result is a feeling of standing in an OTB with lots of races from lots of places--too many stories calling for attention--instead of the Kentucky Derby, which for two minutes each year focuses the sports world like a laser. show more

  • 50
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Many questions occur to the viewer along the way but are never addressed by the filmmakers. show more

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly

    The First Saturday in May soon digs in its heels with acute portraits of six trainers, including a paralyzed ex-cyclist in California and an MS-stricken Lexington native who works for the royal family of Dubai. show more

  • 75
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    The directors have told the press that one of their goals was "to make horseracing -- a great sport that has gotten progressively less attention over the past 30 years -- cool again." The movie actually does this. It sure inspired me to make plans for Emerald Downs. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    First Saturday isn't exactly a winner, but it places. show more

  • 60

    Picture successfully elaborates on the sorts of color pieces that traditionally precede the race on television. show more

  • May 22, 2008 knochels
    Report This User

    One of the best movies I have seen in years. Very well done for first time filmmakers. Well edited and full of rich characters. Even it you are not into horses or racing, you will enjoy it

  • May 22, 2008 Sammy Nishi
    Report This User

    THEN RUN, NOT WALK, RUN TO SEE 'SATURDAY'!!And, don't let the fact that it may not be playing nearby put you off!!If you love horse racing, or even just have a passing interest because of races like the DERBY, you will be thoroughly mesmorized by this terrific film .. .. As in all walks of life, it's the people that make the story - even in a flick about racing .. .. You'll be able to see and feel why once who are involved in the 'beautiful life', you'll never imagine another way to live .. .. GET TO THE RACES -- TODAY

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