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A film about the late Oregon running legend Steve Prefontaine and his coach, Bill Bowerman. Bowerman helped create a generation of world-class runners at the University of Oregon and went on to coach at the Olympics. An enigmatic, commanding man, revered by his team and respected the world over for his training accomplishments, he became Pre's close friend and mentor. Although taken aback by Prefontaine's unwillingness to substitute strategy for a fervent desire to run at the front of the pack, Bowerman also respected the young track star and came to know him as few others did.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whether he would have won at the next Olympics, we'll never know. What we do know is that Towne, a man of ruefully romantic temperament, has found a soulmate in Steve Prefontaine."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Without Limits wins as a sports film precisely because it's not really about sports or a great victory."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"intelligent character study of a mythologized athlete"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Prefontaine's infectious enthusiasm is ably conveyed, although the film might have been a stronger and less earnest effort if producer Tom Cruise had played a more active part."
‑ , Film4
"Both Crudup and Sutherland deliver superb performances in the support of a thoughtful, committed, and richly visualized film."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"With a very good part for a change, Sutherland invests the imposing Bowerman with a host of subtly expressed attitudes toward his most illustrious charge."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Without Limits is an admirable departure from the norm, but its greatest strength doubles as an undermining weakness."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A brilliantly performed, gut-wrenchingly sad flick"
‑ Clint Morris, Brag Magazine
"A couple of sterling lead performances by Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Offers plenty of interesting insights into the beauty, the poetry, the drama, and the science of athletic competition."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"he understated cinematography by Conrad Hall and sterling work from Crudup and Sutherland lend a patina of class, yet it's in the end a po-faced film."
‑ , Time Out
"As Pre, Billy Crudup is dynamite -- a magnetic star presence who's unafraid to show how Pre's drive also makes him a bit of a prick."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Except for a few lapses, co-scriptwriters Kenny Moore and Towne allow Pre's aura to remain undisturbed by overdramatization and psychological speculation."
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Bland biopic about runners"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"A zippy, straightforward and entirely superficial film that reduces its subject to Rocky in running shoes."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
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