The Program Reviews

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June 22, 2016
Feels more like a gangster movie than a sports drama. [Full review in Spanish]
June 22, 2016
Cycling? Biopic? No, Frears gives us a great gangster film. [Full review in Spanish]
June 22, 2016
Ben Foster gives us one of his best performances yet. [Full review in Spanish]
June 22, 2016
Without being condescending, Frears shows us the rise and fall of the famous cyclist. [Full review in Spanish]
June 22, 2016
A perfect example of what not to do in a biopic. [Full review in Spanish]
June 22, 2016
Ben Foster's performance is so impressive you can mistake him with the real Armstrong. [Full review in Spanish]
May 23, 2016
This biopic of disgraced Tour De France cyclist Lance Armstrong morphs into an epic analysis of blind ambition, and of deception on a grand scale.
May 16, 2016
Yes, Alex Gibney's 2013 documentary The Armstrong Lie certainly caught him in the act. But The Program offers its own exciting high-cadence take on the story. Better, it finds the chemically-enhanced pulse to Armstrong's big, beating, cheating heart.
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.
May 10, 2016
Executing the hyperactivity of a whirlwind career blighted by controversy and suspicion, The Program pulsates with furious pace, explosive energy and a razor-sharp visual style.
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 15, 2016
The solid performances from Foster and the supporting cast steer the narrative.
April 12, 2016
[The Program] is not just this year's best movie based on actual events, but also ranks with the year's top films in any genre.
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 20, 2016
Much like Frears' other films, The Program shines best in its performances. Ben Foster disappears into his role as Armstrong...
March 18, 2016
The Program is a solid primer to this fascinating rise-and-fall saga -- one offering far-reaching implications about corruption in sports and celebrity culture.
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
The Program reveals the tiniest details about Lance Armstrong's doping regimen. Just don't expect to learn as much about the cyclist himself.
March 18, 2016
For a story about incredibly focused determination - and if nothing else, Lance Armstrong had that - the film remains strangely uninvolved.
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