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Prefontaine Reviews

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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 24, 2020
Prefontaine's cocky competitiveness overstrides his good qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
James tries too hard to bring closure to Pre's life, and, as a result, strays a little too far into melodrama. The tearful reminiscences at the end, not to mention some of the stuff at the funeral, lay it on thickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2020
The story is not so much told as reported.
January 1, 2000
The by-the-numbers athlete story is interesting, but leaves no lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
The biggest problem is the script, which rarely rings true and is full of trite little phrases.
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
January 1, 2000
A poorly acted, cheesily scripted narrative that feels more like the ABC Movie of the Week than a big-screen release.
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, the script doesn't give us any real insights into Prefontaine's prickly personality or show us why he needed to prove himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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
May 20, 2003
Disappointingly colorless and squeaky-clean.
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
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 24, 2020
The result is both too earnest and too campy.
January 24, 1997
We never do catch the magic that made Steve Prefontaine a towering figure. Instead, this Pre is a shaggy-haired, sentimental favorite - a teen angel rather than an Olympian.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
These shortcomings prevent Prefontaine from transcending the sports-bio genre, but it's still a vigorous, passionate piece of movie-making.
January 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Here is a sports movie in the tradition of the best sportswriting, where athletes are portrayed warts and all. You do not have to be nice to win races, but you have to be good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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