The Program Reviews

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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.
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
It's a shame that a director like Stephen Frears ended up making such a weak film. [Full review in Spanish]
June 22, 2016
A perfect example of what not to do in a biopic. [Full review in Spanish]
May 11, 2016
Foster holds nothing back in his extremely committed portrayal of one thoroughly nasty piece of work. But it's hard to go the distance with such a mean-minded protagonist.
April 26, 2016
Luckily, we already have our seminal Armstrong movie in The Armstrong Lie. And it is not, as the blandly titled The Program would have you believe, about a lunatic drug addict with a God complex.
April 3, 2016
With plenty of rich source material from which to draw, it never pushes its narrative pedals with much conviction.
March 25, 2016
Flat Lance Armstrong biopic has drugs, strong language.
March 18, 2016
The flashily photographed enterprise too often becomes a blur of sound bites and slick aesthetics akin to a Nike commercial.
March 18, 2016
For a story about incredibly focused determination - and if nothing else, Lance Armstrong had that - the film remains strangely uninvolved.
March 18, 2016
"The Program" fails to add anything new, or penetrate the soul of so crafty a cheater.
March 18, 2016
It never goes deep on what it was that produced the awfulness that is Lance Armstrong.
March 17, 2016
The most surprising thing about 'The Program'...is how narratively pedestrian it is...feels like territory that's already been well-trod (or ridden).
March 17, 2016
"The Program," much to its detriment, concentrates almost exclusively on the history of the doping effort . There is no mention of his childhood or adolescence or any attempt to analyze his character.
March 17, 2016
Foster nails Armstrong, right down to his final, clenched-jaw TV confession to Oprah Winfrey but The Program's glancing narrative feels less secure.
March 17, 2016
There is nothing remotely likable, or even relatable, about Lance Armstrong in The Program.
Top Critic
March 17, 2016
I had a hard time buying so much concentrated bile, and for me, the film loses an objectivity that might have otherwise scored points for the destructive nature of competition that can wreck a decent man's corrupted psyche.
March 17, 2016
The Program feels ultimately more akin to box-ticking than character-powered drama.
March 17, 2016
Despite a committed lead performance from Ben Foster, Frears' drama is an obvious and frustrating depiction of ambition and obsession.
March 16, 2016
Not without its heated confrontations, but it feels unnecessary, working to depict the downfall of a man who's beaten them to the punch in terms of addressing his own self-destructive tendencies.
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