• PG-13, 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Documentary, Drama
  • Directed By:    Robert Towne
  • In Theaters:    Sep 11, 1998 Wide
  • On DVD:    Feb 16, 1999
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

Without Limits Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 24, 2011

intelligent character study of a mythologized athlete

Full Review | Original Score: B
Clint Morris
Brag Magazine
February 3, 2009

A brilliantly performed, gut-wrenchingly sad flick

| Original Score: 3/5
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
August 5, 2008

Whether he would have won at the next Olympics, we'll never know. What we do know is that Towne, a man of ruefully romantic temperament, has found a soulmate in Steve Prefontaine.

Todd McCarthy
Variety
Top Critic
August 5, 2008

With a very good part for a change, Sutherland invests the imposing Bowerman with a host of subtly expressed attitudes toward his most illustrious charge.

Sandra Contreras
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 5, 2008

Except for a few lapses, co-scriptwriters Kenny Moore and Towne allow Pre's aura to remain undisturbed by overdramatization and psychological speculation.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film4
August 5, 2008

Prefontaine's infectious enthusiasm is ably conveyed, although the film might have been a stronger and less earnest effort if producer Tom Cruise had played a more active part.

Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 14, 2007

A couple of sterling lead performances by Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

he understated cinematography by Conrad Hall and sterling work from Crudup and Sutherland lend a patina of class, yet it's in the end a po-faced film.

Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
July 21, 2005

Without Limits wins as a sports film precisely because it's not really about sports or a great victory.

Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
July 26, 2004

Bland biopic about runners

| Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002

Both Crudup and Sutherland deliver superb performances in the support of a thoughtful, committed, and richly visualized film.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
July 12, 2002

Without Limits is an admirable departure from the norm, but its greatest strength doubles as an undermining weakness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002

Offers plenty of interesting insights into the beauty, the poetry, the drama, and the science of athletic competition.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
May 11, 2001

As Pre, Billy Crudup is dynamite -- a magnetic star presence who's unafraid to show how Pre's drive also makes him a bit of a prick.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
February 14, 2001

Towne's most important contribution, aside from his gift for structure and willingness to direct this story in a classic, straight-ahead manner, is the power of his words.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Sutherland's performance is the film's treasure.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Where can a movie like this go except straight into a brick wall?

David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Beautifully made and features a marvelous performance by Donald Sutherland as the track coach Bill Bowerman, but the movie is no more than moderately interesting.

Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000

A zippy, straightforward and entirely superficial film that reduces its subject to Rocky in running shoes.

Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 1, 2000

I wish I could write that he is "without limits" as a director, but it is Towne's flair for the obvious that prevents this picture from going that extra mile.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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