The Program Reviews

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 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
We're left with the well-acted and well-told, if familiar, story of a man who knew better but couldn't stop himself.
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 15, 2016
All that's missing for Foster, usually so measured in his embodiment of difficult characters, are a monocle and twirled mustache.
December 1, 2015
Frears offers a comprehensive set of indictments: the people who ran the sport, the media who ignored the signs, the athletes who went along, the sponsors who didn't care, and the public, who wanted to believe in the fairy story.
October 18, 2015
Stephen Frears's fictional take on the Lance Armstrong story is even-handed, witty and shot with verve.
October 15, 2015
Lance Armstrong is a big fat liar.
October 15, 2015
All the necessary components are there, but this slickly constructed machine only scratches the surface.
October 15, 2015
It's a watchable piece of work, but doesn't quite do justice to the subtle wriggling and squirming and sheer denial that characterised Armstrong's downfall.
October 13, 2015
Foster does great work with rich ingredients, making the most of every eerie smirk and glance.
September 14, 2015
A fluid and nippy telling of a tale that still seems strangely urgent.
Top Critic
September 14, 2015
Rare is the prestige biopic that feels altogether too short, but after 102 soundly paced minutes, "The Program" retires with half a hill left to climb.