Icarus

Icarus

Icarus

Filmmaker Bryan Fogel runs a doping experiment on himself in this Oscar-winning documentary, only for the film to turn into an investigative thriller when his chance meeting with a Russian scientist reveals a massive doping scandal. At the centre of the firestorm is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Best Documentary, Academy Awards 2018; Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2017
2017121 minsUSA
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Icarus / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The greater takeaway is that the game itself is rigged, and the Russians only lost because they got caught.

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Time Out

Time Out

Imagine a version of Morgan Sperlock's Super Size Me in which, instead of merely bloating up, Sperlock entered into an uneasy friendship with an evil clown version of Ronald McDonald, and you'll get a sense of this doc's unexpected depth.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Mr. Fogel could be considered either daring or foolhardy for his initial plan. But his work with Dr. Rodchenkov is levelheaded, and his documentary illuminating.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's hard to deny the power of Icarus's message and the remarkable nature of its delivery.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The unwieldiness is part and parcel of the movie's ragged appeal. None of this was by design.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Icarus suffers from an imitative quality that’s hard to shake. Fortunately, Rodchenkov’s dilemma single-handedly keeps Icarus engaging throughout.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

While Icarus technically doesn't break any news, it certainly scores many points by showing a diabolical wizard so surprisingly laying his secrets on the table.

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