Without Limits Reviews

September 7, 2011
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.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
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.
July 21, 2005
Without Limits wins as a sports film precisely because it's not really about sports or a great victory.
July 12, 2002
Without Limits is an admirable departure from the norm, but its greatest strength doubles as an undermining weakness.
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.
January 1, 2000
Where can a movie like this go except straight into a brick wall?
January 1, 2000
Definitely has its problems, but it's still one of the best sports movies I've ever seen.
January 1, 2000
Beautifully made and features a marvelous performance by Donald Sutherland as the track coach Bill Bowerman, but the movie is no more than moderately interesting.
January 1, 2000
Without Limits makes for an engrossing examination of the will to win, the importance of icons in American sports, and the interference of money in amateur athletics.
September 11, 1998