Without Limits Reviews

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September 7, 2011
July 24, 2011
intelligent character study of a mythologized athlete
February 3, 2009
A brilliantly performed, gut-wrenchingly sad flick
August 5, 2008
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.
August 5, 2008
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.
August 5, 2008
Except for a few lapses, co-scriptwriters Kenny Moore and Towne allow Pre's aura to remain undisturbed by overdramatization and psychological speculation.
August 5, 2008
Prefontaine's infectious enthusiasm is ably conveyed, although the film might have been a stronger and less earnest effort if producer Tom Cruise had played a more active part.
October 14, 2007
A couple of sterling lead performances by Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland.
July 22, 2005
July 21, 2005
Without Limits wins as a sports film precisely because it's not really about sports or a great victory.
June 10, 2004
November 7, 2002
Both Crudup and Sutherland deliver superb performances in the support of a thoughtful, committed, and richly visualized film.
July 12, 2002
Without Limits is an admirable departure from the norm, but its greatest strength doubles as an undermining weakness.
March 3, 2002
Offers plenty of interesting insights into the beauty, the poetry, the drama, and the science of athletic competition.
May 11, 2001
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.
February 14, 2001
Towne's most important contribution, aside from his gift for structure and willingness to direct this story in a classic, straight-ahead manner, is the power of his words.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
It's not a bad film, but Towne and his star, the charismatic Billy Crudup, never fire the imagination in the way their inspirational, respectful biopic is obviously intended to.
January 1, 2000
Sutherland's performance is the film's treasure.
January 1, 2000
Its wisdom, and clearly Mr. Towne's, lies in the film's way of filtering a young man's headstrong nature through an older man's more rueful point of view.
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