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This biographical sports drama is the true story of an Olympic runner whose life ended tragically short. Jared Leto stars as Steve Prefontaine, a teen who develops a running talent despite unorthodox physical traits such as a short stature and legs of different lengths. "Pre" is still sufficiently impressive enough on the track field to be recruited by Bill Bowerman (R. Lee Ermey), an Oregon college coach who creates homemade running shoes in his garage. His arrogant attitude vexes even his girlfriend (Amy Locane), but Pre's athletic skills prove to be the real deal, as he wins… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Prefontaine gets to the finish line in reasonable shape despite plenty of sloppy running along the way."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"James tries too hard to bring closure to Pre's life, and, as a result, strays a little too far into melodrama. The tearful reminiscences at the end, not to mention some of the stuff at the funeral, lay it on thickly."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Steve Prefontaine must have been something special -- everyone says so -- but there's no magic on the screen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the better sports movies to come from Hollywood in recent years."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Leto is the greatest beneficiary of these moments, seizing upon the opportunity to convincingly capture Prefontaine's egotistical, enigmatic, obsessive, charismatic personality even when the script fails to do so."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Disappointingly colorless and squeaky-clean."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The Super-16mm film stock gives the film a grainy look that blends in artfully with the vintage videotape of ABC's '72 Olympics coverage."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"A touching, poignant movie with a great performance by Leto"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Nothing more than a glorified, profanity-sprinkled made-for-TV movie, from the cast right down to the shallow treatment of its subject."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A runner learns some invaluable lessons from his defeat in the Olympics."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Though it is always pleasant and agreeable, this film has the bland and undemanding texture that characterizes movies made for network TV."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Even through Prefontaine's obviousness, we feel its force."
‑ Gary Kamiya,
"With its moving final scenes and well-developed subject, the story of Steve Prefontaine is a decidedly well-told American tale."
‑ Alison Macor, Austin Chronicle
"Now Steve Prefontaine can be immortalized for the complex and shining star that he was."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"The biggest problem is the script, which rarely rings true and is full of trite little phrases."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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