Personal Best Reviews

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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
The characters have a fullness and vitality rare in American films of that period, but Towne has so much trouble establishing information visually that the film emerges as choppy, confused, ill-proportioned.