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Chariots of Fire Reviews

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Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
August 4, 2015
It is an affirmation of clouded and second-hand values -- and, as a result, it becomes vulgar.
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
Michael Szymanski
July 10, 2003
I've never stayed awake through this whole movie, despite many attempts with lots of coffee. It ranks in my book as the movie that least deserves a best picture honor
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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
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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.
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
Joshua Tanzer
March 11, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 25, 2014
Vigorous but rather scattered.
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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?
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
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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
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
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
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
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 15, 2012
Vangelis was the secret weapon that Riefenstahl didn't have.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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