"..[The film] beautifully re-creates everything from Acapulco's brutal racing scene to that celebrated match race..."
Los Angeles Times
"...The immaculately-looking picture intercuts telling moments in the lives of the three men whose lives would intersect so decisively..."
"...Maguire uses his natural wariness like an all-purpose tool....When he's on a horse, Maguire becomes a different, energized animal -- and the whole movie surges ahead..."
"...A coolly rendered, impressively crafted telling of a blood-stirring story..."
"...The races are tremendously exciting....Bridges anchors the film with simplicity and strength..."
"...The camerawork, gorgeous throughout, is particularly thrilling in the pic's racing scenes..."
"...It's beautifully detailed and it boasts some truly eye-popping racing sequences..."
"The three leads all give careful, affecting performances..."
Sight and Sound
"[Bridges] projects a winning affability and intrinsic decency."