Prefontaine (1997)

In the early 1970s Steve Prefontaine broke every American track record for 2,000-10,000 meter racing. When he went to the 1972 Olympics in Munich he did not win a medal, but he did go on to fight for athletes' rights up until his tragic… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 24, 1997
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

Prefontaine gets to the finish line in reasonable shape despite plenty of sloppy running along the way.

James Berardinelli

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.

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TV Guide

Steve Prefontaine must have been something special -- everyone says so -- but there's no magic on the screen.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Disappointingly colorless and squeaky-clean.

Mike Clark
USA Today

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.

Clint Morris

A touching, poignant movie with a great performance by Leto

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Though it is always pleasant and agreeable, this film has the bland and undemanding texture that characterizes movies made for network TV.

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Gary Kamiya

Even through Prefontaine's obviousness, we feel its force.

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Alison Macor
Austin Chronicle

With its moving final scenes and well-developed subject, the story of Steve Prefontaine is a decidedly well-told American tale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
Some have criticized "Prefontaine" as too bland, colorless, akin to a tv movie. Those people probably hated Rocky, The Karate Kid, and The Natural… More
Todd Smith
While there seem to be many different opinions on weather or not the facts in the film are accurate, the fact remains that this was a fantastic movie that… More
Cynthia S.
Good sports movie. Pre-rock star Jared Leto...
Haley Anderson
My favorite sports film of all time!!! Jared Leto's performance as the legendary Steve Prefontaine is so dead on. This film is so well done, and so… More
Cameron Johnson
Sports films are boring and if "Chariots of Fire" taught us anything, that rule applies even to films where we get a close view of people running.… More