Chariots of Fire Reviews

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
July 12, 2012
The reason it succeeds with audiences around the world is that it's a stirring tale about inspiring people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 12, 2012
A bold, intelligent, romantic film with all the lineaments of a classic, and a score by Vangelis as instantly hummable as the music for Jaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 12, 2012
An odd, malformed antique that still manages to retain a certain surface-level charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
July 11, 2012
Enhanced considerably by Vangelis's stirring score - has a film ever owed so much to its music? - the picture also works as a poignant paen to youthful hopes and the passing of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
July 2, 2012
[An] airless saga of university toffs building themselves up to run for God and country at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 9, 2011
There have been a lot of sports dramas made into films over the years, including "Rocky" and last year's over-praised "The Fighter," but "Chariots of Fire" remains one of the best because it transcends sports.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Brilliant true story of 1924 Olympic footrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
Like every element in this picture, the actors look right; they seem to emerge from the past, instead of being pasted on to it, as so many characters in historical movies seem to be.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 24, 2008
A pleasant inspirational movie that failed to inspire me.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

Film4
January 29, 2008
Lavish and uplifting sports movie driven by finely honed performances, and home to one of the most iconic sequences in 1980s British film.
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Jack Pitman
Variety
March 26, 2007
No imbalance mars the pic, whose cross-the-board achievement lifts it to an impressive level of unified accomplishment.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 22, 2006
Emotionally lacking, Chariots of Fire is only limitedly entertaining as a piece of cinematic history and a glimpse into the history of a handful of Olympic hopefuls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 17, 2006
A pleasant, mildly inspirational movie but hardly worthy of all the accolades it received.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2006
The battered Britons may have some excuse for enjoying this nostalgic re-creation of empire ideology, but what's ours?
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Really this is an overblown piece of self-congratulatory emotional manipulation perfectly suited for Thatcherite liberals.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 19, 2005
Based on the true story of two men who run in the 1924 Olympics, Hugh Hudson's oscar-winning film is absorbing and inspirational but also middlebrow
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
July 5, 2005
worth watching despite providing another reason to put words "Oscar" and "overrated" in the same sentence
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John A. Nesbit
ToxicUniverse.com
February 27, 2005
Worthy sports flick that avoids playing only to cliche
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 12, 2005
There's drama here, but it's work getting to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 6, 2005
It's an uplifting motion picture that does everything a good picture should do: It moves us. It challenges our mind. And it touches our heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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