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The Armstrong Lie

  R 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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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84%
  • 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

These reviews know nothing about cycling

There is a reason Lance had so many wins on the Tour and it’s not just the drugs. He may have cheated but he also was a tremendous talent in cycling so much that all the other doped up Tour riders could not compete with him. You do not win SEVEN times in the Tour De France with drugs alone and anyone who thinks this is an idiot. You win seven times because you have the ability and the talent.

Brilliant

Having bought into the lie, and spending hours watching this story live of the lie... I feel connected in a way. I watched live, in person, many of the scenes of this film.
Amazing, film. To shoot film, and be allowed to capture the very moments that would insure the death of a career. Watch, this is real life drama scripted out of one individuals mind.

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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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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