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'The Program' takes too many shortcuts on Lance Armstrong story

'The Program' takes too many shortcuts on Lance Armstrong story

A rise and fall doesn't get much more meteoric in either direction than cyclist Lance Armstrong's, who overcame testicular cancer to win the Tour de France seven times, yet was stripped of his titles, money and reputation when he came clean to doping after years of speculation. He's both hero and villain, which should make any dramatization of his story tantalizing, yet Stephen Frears' "The Program" fails to add anything new, or penetrate the soul of so crafty a cheater.

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