The Armstrong Lie (2013)



Critic Consensus: Smartly constructed and scathingly sharp, The Armstrong Lie presents an effective indictment of its unscrupulous subject -- as well as the sports culture that spawned him.

Movie Info

In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong's confession. (c) Sony Classics

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Alex Gibney
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2014
Box Office: $0.4M
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Critic Reviews for The Armstrong Lie

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34)

The Armstrong Lie has several insightful moments but is most interesting in how it shows us a filmmaker usually committed to finding the absolute truth in his subjects, suffering when he comes across a story where lies and truth constantly intertwine.

Full Review… | November 1, 2014

( ... ) a riveting, insider's view of the unravelling of one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of sports. Alex Gibney's two-hour movie races by in what feels like minutes.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

The Armstrong Lie is a very good sports documentary, but doesn't reach far enough to become one of the best nonfiction films of the year.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014

[A]nother brilliant documentary from the ever-incisive Alex Gibney... not about cycling but the power of celebrity...

Full Review… | May 16, 2014
Flick Filosopher

The lie is the least of it in Gibney's personal documentary

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Movie Habit

INCISIVE as it is infuriating, The Armstrong Lie chronicles the greatest fraud ever perpetuated in the history of organised sport.

Full Review… | March 18, 2014
Herald Sun (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Armstrong Lie

I think it's probably the most honest Armstrong has been. A hugely informative and amazingly unbelievable documentary that just astounds me as to how he manage to get away with it for so long.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Infuriating and illuminating documentary, The Armstrong Lie is a fascinating film about how Lance Armstrong got caught doping during the Tour de France. With this film, director Alex Gibney goes in depth into how Armstrong was pulling it off for years, while in the midst getting away with it right up until he decided to do a comeback. Featuring a plateau of great interviews with those involved, including Lance Armstrong. The film answers all the questions you asked yourself when this whole ordeal first came about. In terms of a documentary, The Armstrong Lie is a standout film. This film is one that is engaging from start the first frame onwards especially due to its subject matter. The film is an important documentary and it really goes deep into the doping controversy. Director Alex Gibney crafts a great movie, and it is one of 2013's finest genre films. To those interested in what happened, this is the film to watch. The Armstrong Lie shows us how he doped and how he deceived everyone. The content is infuriating and you simply can't come to understand how this guy could have pulled this off. The film shows how a once great athlete fell from grace through deception and lied in order to keep his credibility. The Armstrong Lie is a well executed documentary that grabs your attention, and with such a subject at his disposal, director Alex Gibney has made a movie that exposes a cheat for exactly what he is, a liar who took everyone for a fool.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


I am glad I saw this documentary... not because I didn't know that he was a liar, but for the simple fact that I found more details how some of the things were done. Of course, we will never find out the other, real villains, who got the most of those $125 million Lance Armstrong collected... and didn't save a single life! Yes, all these kids with cancer die after the chemo therapy, that is a fact! They had much more chance praying if you check the statistics, but Armstrong was just little piece of the big lie puzzle. Well, better to go back to the movie! This documentary safely directed by Alex Gibney is all about the cyclist Lance Armstrong which he set out to do in 2009 after a four-year retirement from the sport. Following a doping investigation that led to his lifetime ban from competition and the stripping of his seven Tour de France titles, Armstrong went back to Gibney to set the record straight about his career.

You cannot get rid of the feeling that this is just one more lie with pieces of truth, made for benefit of everyone involved. The results will tell, but for me, this was a solid documentary which never took me to any heights, except some emotional reaction when I saw those poor kids and their parents, spending thousands of dollars for useless suffering in the experimental labs of the big pharmaceutical industries, to whom Lance Armstrong's life story suited really well! It was a tasty documentary and absorbing most of the time but never reached anything exceptional or extraordinary. It will be something I watched and stored in my memory archives, without filing it in the "to be remembered" section!

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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