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Personal Best

6.32 h 8 min198218
Mariel Hemingway (TV's "Civil Wars," "Star 80") and Scott Glenn ("The Silence of the Lambs") star in Oscar-winner Robert Towne's("Chinatown," "Shampoo") controversial, gripping and skillfully photographed movie. Two aspiring female athletes become friends,lovers and ultimately Olympic competitors in a relationship that suggests that the "war between the sexes" is not a battle overgender...
Robert Towne
Mariel HemingwayScott Glenn
English [CC]
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4.4 out of 5 stars

106 global ratings

  1. 72% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 10% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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babydayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 May 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
my personal best sports drama!
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Personal best is a relly good sports drama (if a little long) that stars Mariel hemingway in one of her best roles (the other being 'star 80') as a promising hurdler who falls in love with a fellow athlete(Patrice donnelly) & find their relationship jeopardised as they both vie for a place on the us olympic team.This isnt really a film for anyone expecting a 'gay interest' movie as i found it didnt really focus on the relationship so much as things cool between them & Mariels character starts dating a man & it seems all is forgotten! but it is for anyone into sports dramas or of course anyone who loves Mariel hemingway!
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Lani E. TomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Works fine on my DVD player here in the UK
FredReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 June 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Lots of sport
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I found it boring.
realist 88Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 December 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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RDReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 June 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
'Personal best' largely follows the story of Chris as she comes through the athletic ranks with the help of fellow competitor Tori. The two have a strong relationship which is tested severely and repeatedly due to their professional rivalry. This is not helped by having a coach who keeps feeding the distrust and almost playing the women against each other.
Don't be fooled into thinking the relationship is the be all and end all of the movie. Brilliant cinematography & directing brings the hard work, injuries and comradarie that develops between athletes competing at the highest level of the sport to life.

Lesbian fans of the movie probably weren't too impressed with the ending but although it is bittersweet it actually fits rather well. One of the best movies with lesbian content around in my opinion.
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