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The Program (2015)

HD   R Closed Captioning

Stephen Frears

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About the Movie

This is the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of Lance Armstrong, one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history. When sports journalist David Walsh becomes convinced that Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 105
  • Fresh: 64
  • Rotten: 41
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: "The Program," much to its detriment, concentrates almost exclusively on the history of the doping effort . There is no mention of his childhood or adolescence or any attempt to analyze his character. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Mar 17, 2016

Fresh: We're left with the well-acted and well-told, if familiar, story of a man who knew better but couldn't stop himself. – Sara Stewart, New York Post, Mar 17, 2016

Fresh: While many of us would hope that the events depicted in The Program are an isolated incident in the sporting world, the recent FIFA scandal highlighted that money and power often lead to corruption. – Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane, Dec 16, 2015

Fresh: What The Program does lack in fine detail, it mostly makes up for with a sickening physical representation of Armstrong (played solidly enough under trying conditions by Ben Foster) at the height of his war on honesty. – Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia), Dec 1, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Not Bad!

Ben Foster is fantastic and Nice Cinematography. I first 20 minutes aren’t that good.

Solid Movie

We thought this was a pretty good movie. Much better than the reviews would suggest. They did a good job portraying Lance as an egotistical monster.

change of pace dramatization

There are more than a few different documentaries out there about this story already. 3-4 if memory serves but don’t quote me. This was the first one that I’ve seen done as a bit of a dramatization, with actors, and a bit of a plot as it covered the overall scheme.

if you are familiar with the story and have kept up with all the formal documentaries then you will probably like this film. You will at least appreciate it. I liked it.

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The Program (2015)
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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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