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The Armstrong Lie

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Alex Gibney

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Plot Summary

Lance Armstrong was considered one of the greatest sports figures of all time and put competitive cycling into the global spotlight, by beating cancer and winning the Tour de France seven times. That success earned him an immense fortune and worldwide fame. His was also one of the most influential and inspiring sports stories of recent memory and became a pop culture phenomenon, thanks to his Livestrong initiative. Beginning in 2009, Academy Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney followed Armstrong for four years chronicling his return to cycling after retirement, as he tried to win his eighth title. Unexpectedly, Gibney was also there in 2012 when Armstrong admitted to doping, following a federal criminal investigation, public accusations of doping by his ex-teammates, and an investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency, that led USADA's CEO, Travis Tygart, to conclude that Armstrong's team had run 'the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 112
  • Fresh: 94
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The bitterest parts of Gibney's movie are the interviews with the former teammates who were caught doping, and whom Armstrong, when he was still officially clean, viciously turned on. – David Denby, New Yorker, Nov 21, 2013

Fresh: Gibney took a film that was supposed to be about the resurrection of a sports star and turned it into an epic indictment of one man and an entire culture. The lesson is obvious: Never throw anything out. – John Anderson, Newsday, Nov 21, 2013

Fresh: The Armstrong Lie is eye-opening and myth-shattering and more than a little depressing. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 29, 2013

Rotten: "The Armstrong Lie" simply offers up the Armstrong lie. Sorry, but we've all already heard that one. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Nov 29, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Great watch

Great watch, I would say one of my biggest takeaways was how far the cancer had traveled through his body and to recover from that! as well the fact around the money. It really seems that all the media is focused on the negative "Cheater" (I guess thats not news to anyone) but where Lance discuessed the monster it had become. everyone was making money from the sport, manufactures, corporations, industry and the amount that has gone into cancer. It really is something that most look over. I dont know of anyother corporations that put the same amount of money into canacer reasearch and to hospital programs for children. Without discuessing the intire movie I would say its a great watch.

Honest Account

Well done documentary. Lots of very "behind the scenes" details and great racing shots. Honestly, clearly LA lied. But he still had cancer and came back from that and worked extremely hard. It seems in bike racing, cheating was the norm. He still brought a lot of attention to racing and helped many through"live strong". I enjoyed the film, and recommend it.

The Armstrong Lie
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Sports
  • Released: 2013

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