The Film Stage: "Secretariat was one of the greatest athletes of all time. Disney‘s film based on his life, however, is only a pleasant nostalgic serving of peach cobbler covered in ice cream. It’s sentimental, sweet and makes you feel good but it never manages to bestow upon the viewer just how awe-inspiring Secretariat was. This is mainly because the film goes to great lengths to paint Secretariat as an underdog despite his now famous domination of the triple crown races. This would be similar to making a film about Michael Phelps‘ historic performance at the 2008 Summer Olympics and casting doubt that he would even win one medal much less eight."