Olympic Dreams

critic Reviews

, 70% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Even if it's mainly distinguished by its unique setting, Olympic Dreams remains a romcom with a heartfelt story and likable leads.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    The engaging "Olympic Dreams" plays like "Lost in Translation" at the Winter Games.
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    Christy LemireRogerEbert.com
    The story of how Olympic Dreams got made is more compelling than the movie itself.
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    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times
    "Olympic Dreams" is a wispy, quasi-romantic dramedy whose affecting moments are eclipsed by its overly random, sometimes awkwardly played and constructed narrative.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    What if instead of the drama of athletes risking life, limb and loss for their countries, the Olympic Games set the scene for a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy? Such is the premise of "Olympic Dreams."
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    Mike D'AngeloAV Club
    It's almost painfully obvious that the film's dialogue was improvised during shooting; everyone constantly looks and sounds just a bit anxious, as if they're under significant pressure to come up with something interesting to say.
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    Joe LeydonVariety
    Jeremy Teicher's offbeat charmer is an artful mix of documentary-style realism and wistful romanticism.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    There are no scenes revolving around intense athletic competitions. Instead, Olympic Dreams takes a close look at the internal battles of insecurities that can prevent people from pursuing what they really want in life.
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    Joshua BrunstingThe CriterionCast
    Gorgeously shot and led by two ace performances, Olympic Dreams is the type of adult romantic comedy that simply does not get produced these days.
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    Rafaela Sales RossFilm Inquiry
    To navigate such a complex environment with a whole array of limitations and bureaucratic barriers is a complicated task, and Teicher manages to deliver a sweet tale of dreams and expectations. There is not much more than we can ask.
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    Chase BurnsThe Stranger (Seattle, WA)
    Kroll is fine in his semi-dramatic turn as a romantically forlorn volunteer dentist, but Pappas is remarkable. She elicits a surprisingly tender performance.
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