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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.
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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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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This is strange. I have no interest in running and am not a partisan in the British class system. Then why should I have been so deeply moved by Chariots of Fire?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's an exceptional film, about some exceptional people.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Appreciation of this picture doesn't demand a love of sports, merely an understanding of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4