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The Armstrong Lie

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Alex Gibney

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About the Movie

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: 115
  • Fresh: 95
  • Rotten: 20
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

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


Armstrong was one of the biggest cheaters in sports history.
Maybe he deserves a ten minutes long documentary about his lies and how he cheated but nothing else. This movie was supposed to be an homage to the beloved Armstrong, the hero, the fighter, the clean guy. Now that we all know what a cheat he was, he doesn’t deserve the most part of this movie.
I get it, the film maker put a lot of money into this movie and it didn’t turn out as he expected. Maybe he should sue Armstrong too. *LOL*
The film maker should have used a different approach to the whole Armstrong story after he learned about his cheating. In my opinion, Armstrong looks way too good in this movie, he ruined lives and he did his sport a great „favor“.

Some American Hero

The documentary is good the subject is not. Lance is a fraud, a cheat and a big American lie.

Salvaged - Great Film

Although we all know the story, I felt the director did a good job from the start to tell a different story than intended. He raises questions, doubts, and issues that still remain unanswered yet still is able to put together an entertaining movie. With that much film footage over years of following Lance and retracing his original intentions he was still able to put together a great film. I was and still am a fan of Lance, putting aside the massive LIE aside for a moment, seeing footage of Lance riding at at his very young / arrogant age through his dominant years riding the Tour brought back great memories enjoying watching the Tour and how it motivated me in my riding. Putting the (7) plus years in a glass bubble while watching this film allowed time to reflect on the hope and inspiration Lance gave us mortal people all the while wondering what if the nay sayers were right. I had that fear back then but not failing any test provided additional hope. Needless to say all has been shattered and dismayed at the vast betrayal. Bottom line, not being a Lance hater and wanting to see vengeance, this director did an amazing job of salvaging this movie and moving with the tidal wave of lies and still manage to let us see our former hero in a context we could only wish was very different.
Lance’s competitive nature was also his self district button. The film did a good job visiting his return in 2009 and how that lead to his downfall. I am not an expert by any means to draw any conclusions, but isn’t it the goal or challenge of any psychopath or cheater of this magnitude to flirt with getting caught? Is it their ego or demented reality that propels them to challenge those hunting them?

The Armstrong Lie
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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