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Chariots of Fire Reviews

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
August 4, 2015
Despite its bombastic tendencies, Chariots has a healthy glow that's charming.
Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
August 4, 2015
It is an affirmation of clouded and second-hand values -- and, as a result, it becomes vulgar.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 21, 2015
The film is not just about the race between Abrahams, the Jewish law student (Ben Cross), and Scottish missionary Eric Liddell (the late Ian Charleson). It's a character study and a social history too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
February 21, 2015
From the opening scene of pale young men racing barefoot along the beach, full of hope and elation, backed by Vangelis's now famous anthem, the film is utterly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 21, 2015
Oddly, for a film about triumph over adversity, there's nothing as uplifting as the opening and closing jogs along a windswept beach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Walsh
February 21, 2015
The appeal will always be there for people to revisit Hudson's award-winner in a year of both the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, despite perhaps being remembered a little too fondly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
A movie that, with the help of Vangelis Papathanassiou's wonderfully stirring music, lifts the spirits to a new high.
Alan Frank
Daily Star
February 25, 2014
This 31-year-old Oscar winning true-life drama climaxing at the 1924 games proved a winner all the way. And it still is.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 25, 2014
Vigorous but rather scattered.
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
January 10, 2014
Chariots is a film for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

People Magazine
January 10, 2014
Sir John Gielgud and Patrick Magee head up -- but don't show up -- director Hugh Hudson's excellent cast of mostly unknown British actors. The cinematography, too, is splendid.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 22, 2013
Granted, this is a British film and so you expect a restrained, understated reaction from the runners, but it's this decided lack of fun that makes the movie drag so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 22, 2013
What fails as drama are the races themselves, shot front-on so that we don't know who's winning until the tape is breasted, but Hugh Hudson's decision to use slow motion and David Watkin's beautiful lighting lend them a proper heroic burnish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
February 22, 2013
It's an uncomfortable reminder of how the memory can cheat and the Academy Awards can favor nostalgic sentimentalism over strong storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 6, 2013
Although it is extremely well made, I frankly don't understand what the shouting is about. Good, yes; great, no.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2012
Is it possible to run in slow motion and not hear Vangelis? This is the signature of all great films, a classic scene forever imprinted in your imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 19, 2012
As world events have proved time and again, this is a timeless story, rooted in an era long before anyone had thought of Spandex or terrorist attacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 15, 2012
Vangelis was the secret weapon that Riefenstahl didn't have.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 13, 2012
The cast is impeccable from top to bottom, and the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat reliably go for the gut. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Marriott
Radio Times
July 13, 2012
Unfairly dismissed by some as an empty exercise in cheap schmaltz, this has an old-fashioned innocence that celebrates the human spirit with a lot of careful detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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