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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

PG-13 In Theaters 01/24/1997 , 107min.
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The Onion A.V. Club
But at best, the movie has an air of immediacy, freeing it from the ossified myth-making that plagues many true-life biopics. Full Review
Elvis Mitchell
The New York Times
But even after the documentary affectation gives way to a more conventional narrative, the film has trouble ringing true. Full Review
James Berardinelli
For the most part, the documentary segments, in addition to being unilluminating, are intrusive. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Though it is always pleasant and agreeable, this film has the bland and undemanding texture that characterizes movies made for network TV. Full Review
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
But in this standard athlete-dies-young presentation, we never do catch the magic that made Steve Prefontaine a towering figure. Instead, this Pre is a shaggy-haired, sentimental favorite -- a teen angel rather than an Olympian. Full Review

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