Written August 29, 2014
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.
Written November 10, 2013
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 fallen athlete - a perfect con man, while deception, lies, manipulation were years in the making before his free-fall into his abyss. Enron's Ken Lay, Shilling, Andy Fastow suddenly seem so familiar.
A. Gibney's treatment takes the much-needed luster off of a man who won major titles but lost his soul in the process. Ultimately, there is emptiness, and, tragically, the idea of what could have been.
Written November 24, 2013
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 footage, which this film does nicely. The content doesn't warrant a two-hour treatment, which dulls the pacing somewhat. Overall, it has the feeling of a quality, in-depth television special rather than a theatrical release.
Written November 26, 2013
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 all a lie. I found the movie fascinating. It's a bit long and if have not followed Lance, you may find the movie boring. However, for me, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written November 17, 2013
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 reputation. There is not a lot of cycling or humor or romance or anything positive. About the best Mr. Armstrong can claim is that he's a champion liar in a liar's sport. This is why I like movies and sports not so much; movies are (usually) upfront fantasy, sports pretend to be real.