Prefontaine Reviews

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.
January 1, 2000
Here is a sports movie in the tradition of the best sportswriting, where athletes are portrayed warts and all. You do not have to be nice to win races, but you have to be good.
January 1, 2000
James tries too hard to bring closure to Pre's life, and, as a result, strays a little too far into melodrama. The tearful reminiscences at the end, not to mention some of the stuff at the funeral, lay it on thickly.
January 24, 1997
We never do catch the magic that made Steve Prefontaine a towering figure. Instead, this Pre is a shaggy-haired, sentimental favorite - a teen angel rather than an Olympian.