The Program Reviews

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March 16, 2016
Stephen Frears' "The Program" offers absolutely zero insight into Armstrong, who he was, or why he did what he did. It doesn't even offer up a compelling look at his cycling career.
March 16, 2016
The Program is flashier and more self-conscious than many biopics, but it's ultimately just as hollow.
March 15, 2016
All that's missing for Foster, usually so measured in his embodiment of difficult characters, are a monocle and twirled mustache.
March 2, 2016
Taking its cue from the novel, the film gives us lots of and then, and then, and then, but not much insight into Armstrong's mindset or why he thought he could get away with cheating.
December 15, 2015
Stephen Frears, whose previous work includes The Queen, fails to tease out the moments of great drama.
December 2, 2015
The Program has some fascinating character notes to it, but it's mostly an inconsistently stylised portrait of a monster.
November 23, 2015
Proficiently made and offering a real sense of being there, the major problem about Stephen Frears' film about drug cheat and seven times Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong is that it feels as though we have seen it all before
November 13, 2015
Frears' movie doesn't offer fresh insights on this still-exceptionally weird tale.
October 16, 2015
Frears only circles around the real Lance Armstrong, watching him as he builds his legend and countering that with an enigma.
October 15, 2015
Armstrong may have been obsessed with crafting his own myth, but Frears only offers us a shadow of the man.
October 15, 2015
Maybe it was because I already know the story so well that I never felt fully engaged.
October 15, 2015
This should have served Armstrong up on a plate, but it somehow doesn't. It covers the ground, but it's underpowered dramatically.
October 15, 2015
All the necessary components are there, but this slickly constructed machine only scratches the surface.
October 12, 2015
The Program wants to blur the lines between reality and the screen, but its inability to stick to a style make it just as fake as Armstrong's Tour de France wins.
October 12, 2015
Taut but structurally aimless, O'Dowd's skeptical sports writer is reduced to a bystander, watching a narrative we're already familiar with play out.
September 22, 2015
Other than one great scene in a children's cancer ward -- which shows us what Foster can do with Armstrong's slippery charm and ambiguous motivations -- there's nothing in The Program that we don't already know.
September 18, 2015
"The Program," much like its subject, is not a legitimate winner.
September 18, 2015
There are only so many scenes of Armstrong using drugs that can retain an element of drama.
September 14, 2015
The Program streamlines Armstrong's career down to a hastily told and mostly hollow sports drama.
September 14, 2015
We're told what we already know and ultimately, the film's two lead characters remain its most elusive ...
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