The Program

The Program

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

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.

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Variety

Variety

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

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Total Film

Total Film

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

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Time Out

Time Out

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

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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