Downhill Racer
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An intriguing film that balances skiing and the majesty of Alpine scenery with an absorbing story of hero Robert Redford, young American innocent abroad."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's better than most sports films since it avoids sentimentality and falsely romanticizing its unsympathetic egotistical hero."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Downhill Racer stands as lean condemnation of the calculating underdog clichés Rocky would bring make the norm."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Robert Redford as the world's most unlikable skier!"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The location skiing sequences, revealing Ritchie's background and interest in documentary styles, are simply astounding, even for those with little interest in the sport."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"... the downhill runs are shot and edited with a visceral quality that takes us off the sidelines and into the skier's perspective."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"An influential and extremely well-done sports film, worth watching even if you don't normally enjoy films of this type."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The best movie ever made about sports -- without really being about sports at all."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"could be lumped into the convenient category of "uplifting sports drama," but in fact is a challenging deconstruction of all the underdog clichés associated with that genre"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Redford, just breaking into superstardom, gives one of his cool, self-centred, cynical performances as an undisciplined Olympic skier."
‑ , Film4
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