“The Armstrong Lie” gets a strong review in Variety

September 3, 2013

Variety’s Justin Chang reviewed Jigsaw Productions’ latest film, “The Armstrong Lie,” focusing on the layered nature of the film. Director Alex Gibney started by following Lance Armstrong’s return to the Tour de France in 2009 but ┬áchanged course as allegations of Armstrong’s doping made headlines again.

Chang writes, “What might have once been a largely admiring, celebratory documentary was derailed by the re-emergence of doping allegations that had persistently plagued the fabled athlete; investigations by federal prosecutors and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency led to his eventual public confession and downfall. The result is a much more critical, sobering and, naturally, fascinating film about a figure who had seemingly overcome the worst kind of adversity and achieved miraculous success on the basis of talent and commitment alone.”

Lance Armstrong at the 2009 Tour de France.

Lance Armstrong at the 2009 Tour de France.

The film screens at the Venice Film Festival tonight, and it will have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8.