The Program

The Program

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The Program

Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) is infamous athlete and cheat Lance Armstrong in this biographical drama depicting the events that led to him being exposed. Co-stars Chris O’Dowd as David Walsh, the sports journalist who investigated the case. Directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena) from a screenplay by John Hodge (Trainspotting).

2015Rating: M, Offensive language103 minsUK, France
DramaSportTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Stephen Frears ('Philomena', 'The Queen', 'High Fidelity')
Writer:
John Hodge
Cast:
Ben FosterChris O'DowdLee PaceDustin HoffmanJesse Plemons
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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

The opening shot of director Stephen Frears’ follow-up to the wonderful Philomena sees world-famous cycling cheat Lance Armstrong pedalling uphill by himself on a seemingly endless road. This beautifully framed scene smartly represents the character’s impossible-to-meet standards of satisfaction while perfectly illustrating the isolation he created for himself. The act also represent the film itself: procedural and forgettable, but not a total waste of time.

3.0
0

Fast and merciless.

It's a fast and flowing film that does not bother with any superfluous details. Stephen Frears is absolutely merciless with his subject, and Ben Foster is brilliantly despicable as Lance Armstrong. While the great Chris O'Dowd ,as David Walsh, shows us the journalist being shunned by his colleagues after confronting Armstrong but persevering in his quest to...

4.0
0

Paint By Numbers Bio Pic

The rise and scandalous fall from grace of Lance Armstrong is a story for the ages but it is severely diluted of any kind of heart, emotion, or glimpsing beneath the flesh of the cycling star.

2.0
0

A better adaptation needed

I admit the story is full of explosions and twists, but the representatoon is so dry and plain. It certainly needs to rewrite the script.

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

In the film’s richest performance, Plemons beautifully teases out the ambiguities and potential hypocrisies of Landis’ own moral position...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Drives home the dark lie that Lance Armstrong lived – it’s just a pity it doesn’t dig a little deeper.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It has an unsettling air that carries us through its more pedestrian patches.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

You sense structural uncertainty about what the Armstrong saga connotes and how exactly it was begging to be told. But you can’t take your eyes off Foster.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It’s a fluid and nippy telling of a tale that still seems strangely urgent.

4.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

All the necessary components are there, but this slickly constructed machine only scratches the surface.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This dreary drama about the disgraced cyclist just goes through motions.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Shot and sharply scripted, powered by an outstanding performance from Ben Foster and the quiet integrity of Chris O’Dowd.

4.0
0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

The opening shot of director Stephen Frears’ follow-up to the wonderful Philomena sees world-famous cycling cheat Lance Armstrong pedalling uphill by himself on a seemingly endless road. This beautifully framed scene smartly represents the character’s impossible-to-meet standards of satisfaction while perfectly illustrating the isolation he created for himself. The act also represent the film itself: procedural and forgettable, but not a total waste of time.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

In the film’s richest performance, Plemons beautifully teases out the ambiguities and potential hypocrisies of Landis’ own moral position...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Drives home the dark lie that Lance Armstrong lived – it’s just a pity it doesn’t dig a little deeper.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It has an unsettling air that carries us through its more pedestrian patches.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

You sense structural uncertainty about what the Armstrong saga connotes and how exactly it was begging to be told. But you can’t take your eyes off Foster.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It’s a fluid and nippy telling of a tale that still seems strangely urgent.

4.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

All the necessary components are there, but this slickly constructed machine only scratches the surface.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This dreary drama about the disgraced cyclist just goes through motions.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Shot and sharply scripted, powered by an outstanding performance from Ben Foster and the quiet integrity of Chris O’Dowd.

4.0
0

Fast and merciless.

It's a fast and flowing film that does not bother with any superfluous details. Stephen Frears is absolutely merciless with his subject, and Ben Foster is brilliantly despicable as Lance Armstrong. While the great Chris O'Dowd ,as David Walsh, shows us the journalist being shunned by his colleagues after confronting Armstrong but persevering in his quest...

4.0
0

Paint By Numbers Bio Pic

The rise and scandalous fall from grace of Lance Armstrong is a story for the ages but it is severely diluted of any kind of heart, emotion, or glimpsing beneath the flesh of the cycling star.

2.0
0

A better adaptation needed

I admit the story is full of explosions and twists, but the representatoon is so dry and plain. It certainly needs to rewrite the script.

2.0
0