Downhill Racer Reviews

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May 30, 2018
A modest effort but a good one. It may be the first film in history that starts at the top, goes steadily downhill, and still stays interesting along the way.
May 30, 2018
The movie avoids the cheerleading approach of today`s sports sagas (Rocky, etc.), but it has a fascinating ending, and is very satisfying.
May 30, 2018
A sports movie that tweaks the formula just enough to make a personal, thoughtful film without refuting genre expectation.
May 30, 2018
It's the little things that create this film's powerful atmosphere, and as a result the action sequences are all the more gripping.
May 30, 2018
One of the great unheralded films of the late '60s.
May 30, 2018
Downhill Racer doesn't always work... As a look at how [Robert] Redford's character and those orbiting him spend their time between runs, however, it's superb.
May 30, 2018
Several shots are positively astonishing when you consider that they are in no way manipulated or digitally altered, simply a man on skis flying down a hill with a 40-pound film camera in his hands.
March 2, 2018
Redford's matinee looks are more than just Hollywood casting in this context; the film never says it in so many words, but it's clear that Chappellet's popularity is as much for his good looks as for his success.
December 12, 2015
The sort of somber, minimalist drama that can only be found in the cinema of the late 1960s and early '70s.
June 2, 2010
It's better than most sports films since it avoids sentimentality and falsely romanticizing its unsympathetic egotistical hero.
December 6, 2009
... the downhill runs are shot and edited with a visceral quality that takes us off the sidelines and into the skier's perspective.
November 23, 2009
could be lumped into the convenient category of "uplifting sports drama," but in fact is a challenging deconstruction of all the underdog clichs associated with that genre
November 16, 2009
Downhill Racer stands as lean condemnation of the calculating underdog clichs Rocky would bring make the norm.
December 10, 2007
An influential and extremely well-done sports film, worth watching even if you don't normally enjoy films of this type.
December 10, 2007
An intriguing film that balances skiing and the majesty of Alpine scenery with an absorbing story of hero Robert Redford, young American innocent abroad.
January 26, 2006
The location skiing sequences, revealing Ritchie's background and interest in documentary styles, are simply astounding, even for those with little interest in the sport.
June 26, 2005
May 9, 2005
Downhill Racer succeeds with sometimes chilling efficiency. Within the limits imposed by the tangential nature of its insights, it is a very good movie.
October 23, 2004
The best movie ever made about sports -- without really being about sports at all.
May 24, 2003
Redford, just breaking into superstardom, gives one of his cool, self-centred, cynical performances as an undisciplined Olympic skier.
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