Prefontaine Reviews

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March 14, 2007
Prefontaine gets to the finish line in reasonable shape despite plenty of sloppy running along the way.
May 20, 2003
Disappointingly colorless and squeaky-clean.
February 14, 2001
Though it is always pleasant and agreeable, this film has the bland and undemanding texture that characterizes movies made for network TV.
January 1, 2000
With hypnotic blue eyes and dirty blond hair, Leto captures the rock-star style Prefontaine affected, and he looks natural in fiery performances on the track, as well as off, where Pre affected a brash, confrontational style.
January 1, 2000
The Super-16mm film stock gives the film a grainy look that blends in artfully with the vintage videotape of ABC's '72 Olympics coverage.
January 1, 2000
Even through Prefontaine's obviousness, we feel its force.
July 7, 2018
Prefontaine is a thoroughly enjoyable movie, and that goes triple if you're a track fan.
December 1, 2009
Legendary runner's story is compelling, tragic.
March 14, 2007
Steve Prefontaine must have been something special -- everyone says so -- but there's no magic on the screen.
March 11, 2005
A touching, poignant movie with a great performance by Leto
January 7, 2005
October 19, 2004
With its moving final scenes and well-developed subject, the story of Steve Prefontaine is a decidedly well-told American tale.
February 19, 2004
One of the better sports movies to come from Hollywood in recent years.
January 24, 2004
January 13, 2004
Nothing more than a glorified, profanity-sprinkled made-for-TV movie, from the cast right down to the shallow treatment of its subject.
May 14, 2003
Now Steve Prefontaine can be immortalized for the complex and shining star that he was.
June 5, 2002
Leto is the greatest beneficiary of these moments, seizing upon the opportunity to convincingly capture Prefontaine's egotistical, enigmatic, obsessive, charismatic personality even when the script fails to do so.
February 26, 2002
A runner learns some invaluable lessons from his defeat in the Olympics.
January 1, 2000
The biggest problem is the script, which rarely rings true and is full of trite little phrases.
January 1, 2000
As the handsome Leto becomes more comfortable in the role, James begins to let loose his filmmaking skills, deftly weaving precise period re-creations and documentary footage to add dimension and humanity to Prefontaine.
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