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Prefontaine Reviews

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March 24, 2020
These shortcomings prevent Prefontaine from transcending the sports-bio genre, but it's still a vigorous, passionate piece of movie-making.
March 24, 2020
The result is both too earnest and too campy.
March 24, 2020
The most poignant aspect of Prefontaine has to do with the title character's adjustment to relative failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2020
The story is not so much told as reported.
March 24, 2020
Behind decent performances by R. Lee Ermey and Jared Leto as Oregon running legend Steve Prefontaine, James manages to capture a feeling of reality that augments this tearful, yet stirring, tale of a great athlete who dies young.
March 24, 2020
Prefontaine's cocky competitiveness overstrides his good qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2020
Prefontaine is a fascinating hero, but his experiences become a string of sports-movie clichs in the hands of filmmaker Steve James.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 24, 2020
Unlike most sports movies, which have the artificial uplift of a pep rally, Prefontaine, small-scaled and quiet, is about defeat as much as victory.
March 24, 2020
As Prefontaine, unknown actor Jared Leto does the best he can with a part that is sorely underwritten.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2007
Steve Prefontaine must have been something special -- everyone says so -- but there's no magic on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 14, 2007
Prefontaine gets to the finish line in reasonable shape despite plenty of sloppy running along the way.
March 11, 2005
A touching, poignant movie with a great performance by Leto
| Original Score: 3/5
October 19, 2004
With its moving final scenes and well-developed subject, the story of Steve Prefontaine is a decidedly well-told American tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 19, 2004
One of the better sports movies to come from Hollywood in recent years.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
January 13, 2004
Nothing more than a glorified, profanity-sprinkled made-for-TV movie, from the cast right down to the shallow treatment of its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 20, 2003
Disappointingly colorless and squeaky-clean.
May 14, 2003
Now Steve Prefontaine can be immortalized for the complex and shining star that he was.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2002
Leto is the greatest beneficiary of these moments, seizing upon the opportunity to convincingly capture Prefontaine's egotistical, enigmatic, obsessive, charismatic personality even when the script fails to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 26, 2002
A runner learns some invaluable lessons from his defeat in the Olympics.
February 14, 2001
Though it is always pleasant and agreeable, this film has the bland and undemanding texture that characterizes movies made for network TV.
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