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Personal Best Reviews

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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...
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
August 4, 2008
Personal Best is likable precisely because it is so unembarrassed.
February 18, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2004
This is a very physical movie, one of the healthiest and sweatiest celebrations of physical exertion I can remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
May 24, 2003
An unusual subject to get the Hollywood treatment though, and as such it should be commended, while Hemmingway is always worth catching.
April 17, 2003
Hemingway excels in a difficult and risky role.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
April 4, 2003
One of the best movies ever about competition, with wonderfully natural performances.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 11, 2002
A frank, honest portrayal of the sacrifices of Olympic-caliber athletes. it is tough and uncompromising.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2002
A robust and adventuresome film that is both tough and sentimental in its portrait of Olympic grade women athletes.
November 6, 2001
It's a quintessential girl's coming-of-age story, and writer/director Robert Towne saw that Hemingway's uncanny ability to play both impressionable and stubborn, ingenuous and ambitious, naive and wise, was perfectly suited to this drama.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.
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