Personal Best Reviews

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August 16, 2019
The camera too often records and predicts what a lascivious man would want to see rather than an aesthetic observer.
October 22, 2018
The leads are convincingly athletic, the characters well drawn.
May 30, 2018
[Robert] Towne's direction can be frustrating - at one point Donnelly and Hemingway run up a sand dune for what seems like five minutes - but the result is 50 percent more realistic than the average sports film.
May 30, 2018
But "Personal Best" only jogs along sometimes: It suffers from fleshing out.
May 30, 2018
Producer-director-screenwriter Robert Towne has fallen dismally short of his own personal best.
May 30, 2018
The camerawork is occasionally fussy and over-reliant on sporting clichés, but this is still subtle, sensual stuff.
May 30, 2018
Which horrible Eighties haircut to choose? Regardless, you'll be rewarded with some of the most startling and texturally stunning American cinema of that largely barren zone shortly thereafter to be known as the Reagan era. Score!
April 28, 2018
Robert Towne's Personal Best is a flashy, hip and quite fascinating investigation into the arduous process of working out sexual identity in today's narcissistic society and culture.
January 10, 2018
Personal Best has a quality rare in movies now: ambition worn lightly. This looks like a small, simple movie, but it's hardly modest.
January 9, 2012
[VIDEO] Although screenwriter Robert Towne's directorial debut fell largely on deaf ears when it was released in 1982 "Personal Best" remains a powerful examination of high-stakes female athletes during the late '70s...
June 27, 2009
Endowed with remarkable performances, superb photography, and a clear vision of what matters to its characters, Personal Best is an underappreciated gem in a genre full of filler.
August 4, 2008
Personal Best is likable precisely because it is so unembarrassed.
August 4, 2008
Towne has a love of slow motion that's employed as if he's afraid you might miss one, rippling muscle. Worse than that, when people aren't exercising, they are often talking about exercising.
January 20, 2008
There's no questioning its authenticity.... However, the movie tends to make its points early and then repeat itself unnecessarily.
February 9, 2006
The sort of nerve required to produce an excellent screenplay like Chinatown seems to have deserted Towne in this, his directorial debut.
March 24, 2005
October 23, 2004
This is a very physical movie, one of the healthiest and sweatiest celebrations of physical exertion I can remember.
August 30, 2004
Unless you're fascinated by all of the prettified slow-motion footage of Chris, Tory and the other women athletes, your eye is likely to wander to your watch long before the end.
November 17, 2003
September 20, 2003
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