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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    An idol had fallen, and Gibney and the superb director of photography Maryse Alberti were there to capture the descent, including a confessional interview in which Armstrong blames the corruption of the game far more than himself. The movie rambles at two-plus hours, but the provocation never stops. show more

  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Armstrong acted like a demon, but it becomes clear there were very, very few angels associated with the sport in the 1990s and early 2000s. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    He lies with such conviction it's terrifying. And his galling hubris is all there for audiences to watch, absorb and puzzle over in the fascinating The Armstrong Lie. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The Armstrong Lie wears thin before it's over; the wafer-thin nature of the cyclist's personality can't sustain a two-hour running time. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    There’s so much more to this story — as any number of articles about the people he wronged attest — but this time, Gibney never really gets in gear. show more

  • 70
    Boyd van Hoeij The Hollywood Reporter

    A quite absorbing but never riveting or revelatory overview of Armstrong’s career and testy personality. show more

  • 70
    Ella Taylor NPR

    If Gibney was looking for contrition, though, he didn't find it. Armstrong is candid about his doping and his legendary belligerence with the press. But he's confessing, not apologizing. And that "maybe not," mumbled to Oprah, is about as equivocal as he gets — on or off camera. show more

  • 88
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    You’d have to start looking into ancient Greek tragedy to top it as a showcase for pure, unadulterated hubris. That’s one of the things that makes The Armstrong Lie, which has more on its mind than the mere debunking of a tarnished hero, so worthwhile. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Gibney even convinced Armstrong to sit down for one final interview in May. In it, he comes off as somewhat contrite but also victimized, as if he were being single out for something everyone does. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The Armstrong Lie is one for the time capsule, because it preserves for future generations a very particular modern response to scandal: confession without remorse. show more

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