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After losing the use of his legs in a car accident, marathon runner Abebe Bikila (Rasselas Lakew) finds a new outlet for his athletic ability and competitive nature in archery and a type of sled-dog racing.

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  • There are perhaps two better films lurking within "Atletu," one a more straightforward documentary and the other a narrative biopic, but this hybrid falls flat.

    November 30, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The essential simplicity of this tale about a true hero is often very moving.

    June 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a blend of documentary and drama, but while the archive clips of Bikila's victories are thrilling, the performances are flat and the script tired.

    June 28, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • You feel that Bikila's admittedly amazing story would've been better transmitted through straight documentary or straight drama, not an uneasy bowlderisation of both.

    June 28, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is an ambitious and brave project which, if it doesn't quite reach the heights it might, is still a worthwhile watch and bodes well for both filmmakers in future.

    February 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Told through reconstruction and archive footage, the story of Ethiopian marathon legend Abebe Bikila can't muster the drama it deserves.

    July 1, 2012 | Full Review…

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