The Program

An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.


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  • ★★★★ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd

    Although at times it portrays its main subject as more villainous than he really is, The Program is a compelling drama featuring strong direction from Stephen Frears, excellent performances from Ben Foster and Chris O'Dowd, and a script that tells the true story it's based on in an engaging way, even if it doesn't explore the topic as much as it could have.

  • ★★★½ review by Waldo on Letterboxd

    Lance Armstrong, one of the greatest falls from grace ever in sports. Ben Foster plays him very well here. And Chris O'Dowd is also very good as the journalist that goes from respect and admiration to suspicion and dissapointment. Stephen Frears direction is spot on. I love the scene when Lance discusses who's gonna play him in his movie. Goes in deeper than I thought.

  • ★★★★ review by Matt Thomas on Letterboxd

    Anyone that has seen the Alex Gibney documentary will be familiar with this side of Armstrong story, but nevertheless this is an excellent dramatisation. Foster not only looks like him, he also really commits to the emotional performance. O'Dowd is great too. The blending of archive footage and reconstruction was handled beautifully. Only the appearance of Mark Little and Michael G Wilson took me out of the 'reality'.

  • ★★★★ review by Colin on Letterboxd

    "I have the power and the money to destroy you"

    While rather straight forward in its storytelling, The Program is owned by the fantastic and transformational performance of Ben Foster. He encapsulates the role of Lance Armstrong so much to where I wasn't sure if they were showing real footage or not.

    Jesse Plemons was very well cast as Floyd Landis and Chris O'Dowd and Lee Pace also give strong performances. The time jumps are very quick but it really hits all the points about the titular agenda.

  • ★★★★ review by Grimbo on Letterboxd

    Excellent movie taking the events of The Armstrong Lie but getting actors to do it instead!

    Kidding aside, Ben Foster totally owns the role of Chris Armstrong and I'm surprised no one is talking about him for an Oscar nom!

    Nice to see the crazy ginger guy from Breaking Bad is breaking through! He' looks like a young Matt Damon here!

    I knew I recognised Lee Pace somewhere but actually thought he was Mr Dresden from the old Orange cinema ads!

    Also, features an ex Neighbours star!

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