Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s documentary "The Armstrong Lie" made its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival this week. The movie from Gibney, a former admirer of Armstrong, was intended to follow Armstrong’s heroic return to cycling, but the film took a different tenor once the truth started to surface about Armstrong’s deception.
Reviewing for The Hollywood Reporter, Boyd van Hoeij wrote that the movie features "no hard-hitting questions that Oprah didn’t already ask, though the film does go through greater lengths to explain how the various drugs (including EPO) and blood transfusions aided performance and went undetected for years."
Van Hoeil continued that "The Armstrong Lie feels more often like a possibility for the director to revive an abandoned passion project and try to turn it into something of a (cosmetically more appealing) Frankenstein’s Monster," and called it "a quite absorbing but never riveting or revelatory overview of Armstrong’s career and testy personality."
Justin Chang of Variety called the film "a layered inquiry into the culture of competitiveness, celebrity, moral relativism and hypocrisy that helped enable and sustain his deception."
No word on when "The Armstrong Lie" will screen in Austin.