The Program Reviews

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April 19, 2019
It may not take a groundbreaking approach to biographical drama, but Frears' The Program draws strong performances...
April 8, 2019
It must be said that Foster excels as Armstrong. Bearing an unnerving physical resemblance to the fallen cycling hero, he is a revelation in a remarkable tour de force -- not France -- performance.
November 1, 2018
The Program is never less than interesting, and the cast is high-caliber. However, the movie makes us want to know more, rather than come away with the sense that we've been through an experience ourselves.
January 5, 2018
Foster, though, delivers a strong and convincing performance, and I could watch films about Armstrong and his evil machinations for ever. This one may fail to unearth many of his mysteries, but it is a confident, if understated, offering.
November 21, 2017
The abiding achievement of the film rests throughout with Foster, who can shift on a dime from the charismatic to the repellent and whose Armstrong is at his most grimly compelling when engaged in an ongoing commentary with himself.
November 7, 2017
The Program can be viewed as especially relevant, given that doping in sport is coincidentally, in the news again.
October 30, 2017
All said and done, if you want to gain a perspective on what went wrong in Armstrong's professional pursuits, this film is worth a watch. But if you have plans of discovering more about the man himself, we'll just have to wait for a more solid reboot.
October 26, 2017
Poor Ben Foster is on a truly thankless mission playing such an unlikeable character. But the film does just about get there in the end, helped by some shocking scenes and the sheer power of the underlying story.
September 21, 2017
There is never a moment that makes you understand Armstrong's motivations. Every plot point is dealt in a business-like manner.
December 5, 2016
The Program is a drama, not a documentary, which allows it to flesh out the bones of this story into something approaching a minor Shakespearean tragedy.
September 13, 2016
[Foster] has admitted to a certain admiration for Armstrong. This is evident in the compassion built into his portrayal, which adds complexity to the slick veneer of Frears's obvious antipathy for his subject.
August 23, 2016
Basically the same as The Armstrong Lie documentary but with less cycling scenes and the repulsive but appealing performance from Ben Foster.[Full review in Spanish]
August 15, 2016
It's a shame Frears didn't fully approach the character and its subjects as expected. [Full review in Spanish]
August 8, 2016
The movie makes great use of the journalistic work of Dave Walsh to create intimate moments that help understand the main character's motivations. [Full review in Spanish]
August 8, 2016
A thrilling modern American tragedy about one of the greatest athletes of our day. [Full review in Spanish]
August 8, 2016
It makes great use of the events surrounding Armstrong's lies to create a great deal of suspense. [Full review in Spanish]
August 8, 2016
It's a shame that a director like Stephen Frears ended up making such a weak film. [Full review in Spanish]
August 4, 2016
Even if it uses some stock footage, there's a lot of original material that's perfectly filmed. Highly recommended. [Full review in Spanish]
August 4, 2016
A cold, layered, somber, and smart tale about a scam that worked for many years. [Full review in Spanish]
June 29, 2016
The film is anchored by a strong performance from Ben Foster, who captures both Armstrong's charisma and his underlying chilliness.
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