• Released
  • November 8, 2013
  • (LA/NY)
  • NR , 2 hr 3 min
  • Documentary
  • 32 Fan Ratings
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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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

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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Rated NR | For Language