Personal Best Reviews

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October 22, 2018
The leads are convincingly athletic, the characters well drawn.
May 30, 2018
The camerawork is occasionally fussy and over-reliant on sporting clichs, 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.
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.
November 17, 2003
September 20, 2003
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.
April 4, 2003
One of the best movies ever about competition, with wonderfully natural performances.
December 6, 2002
October 11, 2002
A frank, honest portrayal of the sacrifices of Olympic-caliber athletes. it is tough and uncompromising.
July 29, 2002
July 25, 2002
January 24, 2002
A robust and adventuresome film that is both tough and sentimental in its portrait of Olympic grade women athletes.
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