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Armstrong Lie, The (15)


A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

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The critical consensus

Armstrong’s former teammates provide a wealth of information on how he got away with it for so long, but the film is short on new bombshells, and while Armstrong may express regret, the documentary never nails whether he is sorry he was dishonest, or just sorry he was caught.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 26/01/2014

A documentary of two halves, Gibney's character study of Armstrong is tough and forensic. But whether through a lingering admiration or the film's origins as a straightforward celebration of the cyclist's talents, there are moments when its powder remains a little dryer than perhaps it should.

***(*)(*)David Hughes, Empire, 27/01/2014

The result is a disturbing cautionary tale about money, celebrity and abuse of power.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 29/01/2014

Gibney’s latest doc might not have the impact that some of his most acclaimed films do, but he manages to find an interesting resonance here that goes beyond Armstrong’s sorry tale.

***(*)(*)Gail Tolley, The List, 29/01/2014

A worthy effort but Armstrong remains a tough nut to crack.

Emma Simmonds, Little White Lies, 30/01/2014

A master docu-maker gets the inside dope on a master dissembler. It requires stamina, but its charismatic subject exerts genuine magnetism.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 27/01/2014

You don't need to be interested in cycling or the Tour de France to be fascinated by Alex Gibney's documentary.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 30/01/2014

As Armstrong sees it, cycling was so rigged he had to dope to compete: what’s ultimately fascinating about The Armstrong Lie is his unwillingness to let go of this justification.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 01/02/2014

Fascinating and intelligent.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 02/02/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday February 14, 2014, until Thursday February 20, 2014. More info:

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