Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
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  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    This first dramatic feature by "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James has one foot still squarely planted in the docu aesthetic and notably lacks any psychological interest or emotional depth.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    50
    Steve Prefontaine must have been something special -- everyone says so -- but there's no magic on the screen.
  3. But in this standard athlete-dies-young presentation, we never do catch the magic that made Steve Prefontaine a towering figure. Instead, this Pre is a shaggy-haired, sentimental favorite -- a teen angel rather than an Olympian.
  4. 60
    As the driven competitor who learns to make hubris work for him, Jared Leto gives a complex performance that suggests a deep, intriguing interior to the character even as he maintains a convincing one-dimensional facade.
  5. Though it is always pleasant and agreeable, this film has the bland and undemanding texture that characterizes movies made for network TV.
  6. But even after the documentary affectation gives way to a more conventional narrative, the film has trouble ringing true.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    10
    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 aWhile 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 perfectly illustrated the drive and determination that made Pre a national icon. Jared Leto is amazing as well. Based on his other works, to be honest, I didn't think he was a good choice to play Steve Prefontaine, but he really surprised me and does an Oscar worthy job with this role. Prefontaine is inspirational and a great tribute to a great man. I would defiantly suggest seeing it! Full Review »