‘Ford v Ferrari’ reviews: It’s an ‘exhilarating’ race movie, but is it just as good off the track?

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Ford v Ferrari” opened on November 15 with strong awards prospects, coming from Oscar nominated filmmaker James Mangold and starring Oscar winners Christian Bale and Matt Damon. It’s also a sports movie, and those have paid off handsomely at the Oscars as well, including Best Picture winners “Rocky” (1976) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) as well as nominees like “Seabiscuit” (2003) and “Moneyball” (2011). But what do critics think of this latest entry in the genre?

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic rating of 79 based on 36 reviews counted thus far: 31 positive, 5 mixed, none outright negative. Over on Rotten Tomatoes the film is rated 91% fresh based on 177 reviews, only 16 of which are classified as rotten. The Rt critics consensus summarizes those reviews by saying, “‘Ford v Ferrari’ delivers all the polished auto action audiences will expect — and balances it with enough gripping human drama to satisfy non-racing enthusiasts.”

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