The Program Reviews

  • Feb 27, 2021

    I enjoyed this one and the story it told about one of the largest sports icons in the cycling world in the early 2000s as we look into the life of Lance Armstrong and what happened

    I enjoyed this one and the story it told about one of the largest sports icons in the cycling world in the early 2000s as we look into the life of Lance Armstrong and what happened

  • Sep 14, 2020

    Yes, the balance between Walsh's storyline and Armstrong's could be better. The film covers a very wide spread of time and events, but it's fascinating and exquisitely executed. It doesn't have the gutwrenching reveal moment like some scandal biopics have, but nevertheless guys like Dowd, Hoffman and Foster are incredibly magnetic.

    Yes, the balance between Walsh's storyline and Armstrong's could be better. The film covers a very wide spread of time and events, but it's fascinating and exquisitely executed. It doesn't have the gutwrenching reveal moment like some scandal biopics have, but nevertheless guys like Dowd, Hoffman and Foster are incredibly magnetic.

  • Jun 22, 2020

    Essential viewing for all cycling fans, but also a good procedural drama in its own right as the allegations build up. Chris O Dowd and Ben Foster both excel in their roles that play a classic cat and mouse setup.

    Essential viewing for all cycling fans, but also a good procedural drama in its own right as the allegations build up. Chris O Dowd and Ben Foster both excel in their roles that play a classic cat and mouse setup.

  • May 15, 2020

    The Program è un'inchiesta, la trasposizione cinematografica della vicenda che ha portato a galla il mostro del doping. Non c'è spazio per entrare nel profondo del personaggio di Armstrong (ottimo Ben Forster). Può piacere o no, io essendo appassionato di ciclismo ne sono stato intrigato fin da subito.

    The Program è un'inchiesta, la trasposizione cinematografica della vicenda che ha portato a galla il mostro del doping. Non c'è spazio per entrare nel profondo del personaggio di Armstrong (ottimo Ben Forster). Può piacere o no, io essendo appassionato di ciclismo ne sono stato intrigato fin da subito.

  • Apr 24, 2020

    Fails to answer, "why". But maybe there is no deep answer other than criminal size greed and pride.

    Fails to answer, "why". But maybe there is no deep answer other than criminal size greed and pride.

  • Apr 11, 2018

    Movie adapted from the book "Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong" by David Walsh investigation of the synonymous cancer-free tour de force champion holder. David Walsh played by Chris O' Dowd was the first journalist to make the accusation about Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster) and how the league was able to cover it up.

    Movie adapted from the book "Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong" by David Walsh investigation of the synonymous cancer-free tour de force champion holder. David Walsh played by Chris O' Dowd was the first journalist to make the accusation about Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster) and how the league was able to cover it up.

  • Apr 08, 2017

    Big cycling movie fan and just a cycling guy

    Big cycling movie fan and just a cycling guy

  • Feb 01, 2017

    A genuinely captivating performance from the always-brilliant Ben Foster makes this hollow, poorly-paced and -edited biopic watchable, but his efforts are ultimately hindered by an inexcusably poor directorial effort from Stephen Frears. Foster's sociopathic, chilling turn as Lance Armstrong ranks as one of the strongest performances in biopic history, but an over-reliance on flash and style—sacrificing any attempt at delving into the depth of Armstrong's character—dooms the film to mediocrity.

    A genuinely captivating performance from the always-brilliant Ben Foster makes this hollow, poorly-paced and -edited biopic watchable, but his efforts are ultimately hindered by an inexcusably poor directorial effort from Stephen Frears. Foster's sociopathic, chilling turn as Lance Armstrong ranks as one of the strongest performances in biopic history, but an over-reliance on flash and style—sacrificing any attempt at delving into the depth of Armstrong's character—dooms the film to mediocrity.

  • Dec 31, 2016

    A rather scathing Lance Armstrong story - what a surprise. Starting off with Armstrong's introduction to the holy grail of cycling, Le Tour de France, "The Program" wastes little time developing character, but instead jumps cannonball style into the chemical pool. It's very simple poetry: to compete, you have to cheat; and young Lance hops on board. The rest is well documented history: a brutal fight with testicular cancer, a miraculous recovery, some balls jokes, seven Tour victories, cancer foundation glory, millions of dollars, the fall from grace, the end. Telling nothing we don't know, "The Program" relies on documenting the most sensational scandal of sports doping history in a methodical, well-paced manner. And as juicy as the story may be, the film fails to generate anything in way of sympathy, outrage or tension. We don't really get to know who the hell Lance Armstrong is, where he came from, how he compared with his chief rivals (Jan Ullrich is not even mentioned), and what his personal life was like (we see a quick marriage and glimpses of kids, but nothing else). "The Program" is so Lance centered that it lives and dies with its lead. Ben Foster does an admirable job as the stoic cyclist, but his deadpan performance is as lifeless as Armstrong's public persona. There is never any depth revealed, nor hinted at. Recommended for those not familiar with the crazy tale, if such an audience exists. - hipCRANK

    A rather scathing Lance Armstrong story - what a surprise. Starting off with Armstrong's introduction to the holy grail of cycling, Le Tour de France, "The Program" wastes little time developing character, but instead jumps cannonball style into the chemical pool. It's very simple poetry: to compete, you have to cheat; and young Lance hops on board. The rest is well documented history: a brutal fight with testicular cancer, a miraculous recovery, some balls jokes, seven Tour victories, cancer foundation glory, millions of dollars, the fall from grace, the end. Telling nothing we don't know, "The Program" relies on documenting the most sensational scandal of sports doping history in a methodical, well-paced manner. And as juicy as the story may be, the film fails to generate anything in way of sympathy, outrage or tension. We don't really get to know who the hell Lance Armstrong is, where he came from, how he compared with his chief rivals (Jan Ullrich is not even mentioned), and what his personal life was like (we see a quick marriage and glimpses of kids, but nothing else). "The Program" is so Lance centered that it lives and dies with its lead. Ben Foster does an admirable job as the stoic cyclist, but his deadpan performance is as lifeless as Armstrong's public persona. There is never any depth revealed, nor hinted at. Recommended for those not familiar with the crazy tale, if such an audience exists. - hipCRANK

  • Nov 17, 2016

    Ben Foster està estupendo.

    Ben Foster està estupendo.