Without Limits


Without Limits

Critics Consensus

This drama about American track star and hero Steve Prefontaine intelligently looks at the character of this oft mythologized athlete and features a fantastic performance by Donald Sutherland as Prefontaine's trainer.



Total Count: 38


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A film about the late Oregon running legend Steve Prefontaine and his coach, Bill Bowerman. Bowerman helped create a generation of world-class runners at the University of Oregon and went on to coach at the Olympics. An enigmatic, commanding man, revered by his team and respected the world over for his training accomplishments, he became Pre's close friend and mentor. Although taken aback by Prefontaine's unwillingness to substitute strategy for a fervent desire to run at the front of the pack, Bowerman also respected the young track star and came to know him as few others did.


Critic Reviews for Without Limits

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (8)

  • Whether he would have won at the next Olympics, we'll never know. What we do know is that Towne, a man of ruefully romantic temperament, has found a soulmate in Steve Prefontaine.

    Aug 5, 2008 | Full Review…
  • With a very good part for a change, Sutherland invests the imposing Bowerman with a host of subtly expressed attitudes toward his most illustrious charge.

    Aug 5, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • he understated cinematography by Conrad Hall and sterling work from Crudup and Sutherland lend a patina of class, yet it's in the end a po-faced film.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Without Limits wins as a sports film precisely because it's not really about sports or a great victory.

    Jul 21, 2005
  • Without Limits is an admirable departure from the norm, but its greatest strength doubles as an undermining weakness.

    Jul 12, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As Pre, Billy Crudup is dynamite -- a magnetic star presence who's unafraid to show how Pre's drive also makes him a bit of a prick.

    May 11, 2001

Audience Reviews for Without Limits

  • Jun 16, 2011
    Without Limits is an average sports biopic that features strong performances from Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland. Not as powerful or captivating as it should have been, but the performances from the leads hold it up. Donald Sutherland is an under appreciated actor in my book. He is one of my favorites and never ceases to amaze me with his performances. It was also cool to see Matthew Lillard in a small role. He too is very under appreciated, although he may have brought some of that upon himself with the Scooby-Doo movies.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2008
    So that's how Nike shoes got started!
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2007
    Excellent performances from both Donald Sutherland and Billy Crudup. Good movie...
    Moe E Super Reviewer

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