The Armstrong Lie Synopsis
A filmmaker sets out to document Armstrong's return from retirement and instead chronicles the collapse of one of the greatest legends of our time.
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Variety

By Justin Chang
Director Alex Gibney delivers not just a detailed, full-access account of his subject, in all his defiance, hubris and tentative...
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Village Voice

By Chuck Wilson
To use a phrase from the film, The Armstrong Lie is a "myth-buster." It's wholly necessary, brilliantly executed, and a complete bummer.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
You’d have to start looking into ancient Greek tragedy to top it as a showcase for pure, unadulterated hubris. That’s one of the things...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
He lies with such conviction it's terrifying. And his galling hubris is all there for audiences to watch, absorb and puzzle over in the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
It's a fascinating film that points the finger at a charismatic master of deception — as well as our willingness to buy his deceit.
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The Guardian

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Succeeds as a probing look into the mechanics of an epic lie, and because of the emotion at its heart.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Armstrong acted like a demon, but it becomes clear there were very, very few angels associated with the sport in the 1990s and early 2000s.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
An idol had fallen, and Gibney and the superb director of photography Maryse Alberti were there to capture the descent, including a...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Gibney even convinced Armstrong to sit down for one final interview in May. In it, he comes off as somewhat contrite but also victimized,...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Armstrong Lie is one for the time capsule, because it preserves for future generations a very particular modern response to scandal:...
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Very interesting documentary

By rogerpollex
I thought this was a very good documentary. I recommend going to see it. It gives us the somewhat "inside" scoop on what on in Lance's life....

Fallen

By chesbeau
There is some similarity between this documentary and Gibney's "Enron: the Smartest Guys In the Room." There is a lot to be said for this piece being "overlong" as Armstrong is a complex man, a...

Interesting, fascinating at times, but not much new and overlong

By LGruenfeld
More like a coda on the whole affair than a revelation. As with the JFK assassination, there's not much left to say. All you can do is recap cohesively, add new interviews and supply additional...

A Tragic Story that Fooled us all (or most of us)!

By MurrietaMovieFan
I have followed Lance Armstrong through out his career and bought in to his successes and believed him when he said he never took performance enhancing drugs. Now I am so disappointed that it was...

Maybe not for sports fans

By everyweek60706
I missed probably the first fifteen minutes, but it seems pretty much the same throughout. There is a lot of swearing and feuding that further sully what remains of our former hero's shaky...

Good summary, good footage

By gusmd
If you have followed the Armstrong saga closely, there is nothing really new here. However, there are some good Lance-behind-the-scenes takes, and I thought the segments with George Hincapie were...

WOW!

By talktojchilds
Everyone should see this!...

Great Movie

By robdavis259
This movie was very well made and informative. In a time when everyone was doping I feel by doping as well the playing field was leveled I know it's wrong and illegal but Lance was not the only one...

Defiitely worth it

By matthewsilvey
If you are a cycling fan, this movie will shed light on the last 20 years of the sport. Excellent filmmaking in this 2 hour expose. Not the Oprah "fluff piece"....

Eventhough..Lance did what he did!

By Uncle_Bobby
I used to get up at 5am to watch Lance in the Tour! I read his book; I knew all about his VO2 MAX threshold # compared to mine. During Sinning classes and on long rides, I was Lance! I wanted to...

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Rated NR | For Language