Personal Best


Drama / Sport

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 73%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 52%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 2881

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March 27, 2022 at 11:31 AM



Scott Glenn as Terry Tingloff
Mariel Hemingway as Chris Cahill
1.15 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 8 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

good relationship and sports movie

In the 1976 US Olympic trials, Chris Cahill (Mariel Hemingway) chokes under her father's coaching. Tory Skinner (Patrice Donnelly) comes in second coached by Terry Tingloff (Scott Glenn). Chris has a breakdown that night and Tory comforts her. That night, they have a lesbian relationship. Tory convinces Terry to take on Chris.

It's a sensitive portrayal of a lesbian relationship. The massive amount of nudity does raise the question of how exploitive this movie is. Although the camera does leer at the young women, the romance is not some pulp fiction concoction. It's sweet. It's complicated. It feels real. It's also a striped down behind-the-scene look at Olympic athletes. Patrice isn't a pro actor but does quite well. Mariel has the sweet innocent quality. It's a good relationship movie and a good sports movie.

Reviewed by moonspinner55 5 / 10

Hemingway matures in the course of this film--and as an actress takes some risks

"Personal Best" opens with a beautiful shot: a lone spot of sweat on the cement as the camera pans slowly upwards to Mariel Hemingway's tense profile as she prepares for a race. Soon afterward, however, the actress opens her mouth and out comes this little girl voice with a puny range. It's only natural to think this is going to be a tough role for Hemingway to pull off, but I believe she has done it. Gay-themed dramas are always something of a risk for the actors involved, yet Hemingway takes her sprinting character from naive mouse to sexy girlfriend to adult in the course of "Personal Best" and becomes a better, stronger actress in the process. Although an excessively barbed film with two gratuitous sub-plots (both involving men: a manipulative coach and an eleventh-hour boyfriend for Mariel), the picture has great '70s atmosphere, good race scenes, some funny, raunchy humor, and an even-handed, focused look at two women in love (lesbian lover Patrice Donnelly is a very moody cuss, but that's certainly no reason to drag in the boyfriend, which is where the movie starts hedging its bets). Two-hours-plus of Mariel Hemingway may sound like too much, but she's very good here; she carries most of this film on her shoulders and pulls off some very tricky sequences. This was her own 'personal best'. ** from ****

Reviewed by tavm 9 / 10

Personal Best is one of the most compelling dramas about competition and exploration of self

After more than 30 years of only reading about this movie, I finally checked this out of my local library. Being writer Robert Towne's directorial debut, he does a fine job here in exploring the world of women runners during the Olympic Trials especially that between a young, inexperienced one who's insecure (Mariel Hemmingway) and that of an older, much confident one (Patrice Donnelly). They develop a sexual relationship as well and the nudity here is not exploitive but natural so I don't think many men's members would be protruding during those scenes or those taking place in a sauna. All I'll now say is this was quite a compellingly good drama so on that note, I highly recommend Personal Best. P.S. I also liked the commentary of Towne and a couple of his players in this film, Scott Glenn and Kenny Moore.

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