Personal Best Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.