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When Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller involving dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic Gold-exposing the biggest scandal in sports history. (imdb)

Genres: Suspense/Thriller, Documentary

Country: USA

Directed By: Bryan Fogel

Written By: Mark Monroe, Bryan Fogel

Starring: Bryan Fogel, Grigory Rodchenkov

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Icarus belongs to 4 collections
1. 90th Academy Awards: Nominated (public: moderated by 5Z5qjRCfM2 - 1 star)
2. 90th Academy Reminder List (2017) (public: moderated by cowfrappe)
3. 2017 Films to Watch (private: kendell)
4. Watchlist - Dokumenty (private: MikiRurk_STG)
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TCI | Tier | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
Feb 19 Nathan Nathan
65T4
Feb 14 Iwantham Iwantham
77T5
Feb 14 psim psim
80T8
Feb 13 patman patman
77T9
Feb 12 jpims12
84T8
Feb 12 fyodor16 fyodor16
65T2
Feb 12 donmezsefa donmezsefa
65T6
Feb 12 brkshn89
70T5
Feb 12 devrimozkan devrimozkan
75T6
Feb 11 krmr krmr
87T8
Feb 10 FennisDembo
7T8
Feb 09 cangogs
65T3
Feb 08 LightningBob
63T7
Feb 07 Ippei
75T8
It fascinating to no end. The film is long but the evolution from a simple experiment to a pretty massive scandal is almost as good as any narrative you could imagine. The footage and detail in here are quite insane and it is completely understandable that this helped to bring down the whole Russian doping issue. It's not all smooth sailing but it is a great watch, whether you are a sports fan or not.
Feb 05 cowfrappe cowfrappe
72T7
An engaging and well-made documentary that completely turns on its head halfway through and becomes a brand new film.
Feb 04 walkabout walkabout
45T2
Feb 04 filay filay
50T2
Feb 04 toro913
61T6
Feb 04 Gody85 Gody85
51T6
Feb 04 Akhenaton
81T6
Feb 03 sacmersault sacmersault
67T4
Feb 03 mcakmak
84T8
Feb 02 JurijFedorov JurijFedorov
75T9
Feb 02 Sachaz Sachaz
71T7
Feb 01 Thejaff
73T6
Feb 01 rIMK01
74
Feb 01 VengefulKBM VengefulKBM
80T8
Jan 30 Maxwellj169
97T10
Jan 29 cayh
70T6
Jan 28 sammosummo
90T10
Jan 26 Vokalbum Vokalbum
75T9
Jan 25 tom20 tom20
7T6
Jan 24 debaser1985
75T8
Jan 24 nickv nickv
71T7
Jan 22 balseiros balseiros
93T10
Jan 21 andrew182
95T10
Jan 21 kedidirkedi kedidirkedi
76T5
Jan 19 doddsinator doddsinator
8T5
Jan 18 CarterAmos
70T3
Jan 16 thebalkabaa thebalkabaa
75T8
Jan 15 10kfilms
93T10
Jan 14 cgdsn
90T6
Jan 13 mjbreuer
76T7
Jan 13 mrspree15
90T9
Jan 13 Bunken Bunken
60T6
Jan 13 SeanBerndorff SeanBerndorff
80T8
Jan 13 Not_the_One Not-the-One
6T5
Jan 12 sibur sibur
65T5
Jan 12 blucthulhu
70T6
Jan 11 thiskendell
35T6
Jan 11 somms somms
80T9
Jan 10 DBibby DBibby
70T5
Jan 10 Ercan Ercan
5T4
Jan 09 cengaveri
78T9
Jan 06 beauballard
85T6
Jan 02 jeffv jeff_v
74T8
Dec 28, 2017 Dalboz Dalboz
88T9
Dec 27, 2017 Kebapche Kebapche
1T1
I can talk hours about this one. The imitated innocence of Bryan Fogel in the beginning is super laughable, he is just an executor of carefully planned political attack. Rodchenkov is just the russian equivalent of Snowden. The film is truthful, but also deeply manipulative. They even claimed multiple times without any evidence that Putin was going to kill Rodchenkov and have already killed two other russian sports officials. This is far worse propaganda than the one created by russian trolls.
Dec 27, 2017 rydmcalboy
83T7
Dec 26, 2017 NobodyBey NobodyBey
77T6
Dec 25, 2017 gadelat
59T7
Dec 23, 2017 Quimbo Quimbo
80T8
It's amazing how, 45 minutes in, this documentary totally turns on its head, and becomes about something else entirely. Kudos to Fogel, who clearly had a different story in mind, for pivoting so perfectly, and allowing the real story to come to the forefront after chancing upon this scoop. Riveting.
Dec 20, 2017 stoickov stoickov
75T6
Dec 20, 2017 LordCouture
54T5
Dec 20, 2017 kayafat
73T4
Dec 16, 2017 TheAlliance TheAlliance
90T10
Dec 16, 2017 ECR E.C.R.
67T7
Dec 15, 2017 krf7 krf7
85T8
Dec 13, 2017 KarolKac
9T6
Dec 13, 2017 spchariot davidysteph
30T4
Dec 11, 2017 Warren Warren
75T4
Dec 08, 2017 mzSTZG4kMctu
80T8
Dec 06, 2017 jammerjoint
90T10
Dec 03, 2017 pleione pleione
70T2
Dec 02, 2017 martj42
90T10
Dec 02, 2017 zevel6
55T6
Dec 01, 2017 Alas Alas
89T8
Nov 28, 2017 Aron_Ericson Aron Ericson
75T8
Nov 18, 2017 BangingOn Banging_On
75T6
Nov 15, 2017 Icarusion Icarusion
65T6
Nov 06, 2017 bybrt bybrt
55T4
Nov 01, 2017 bitterbill bitterbill
65T7
Oct 30, 2017 fakefeudal fakefeudal
75T6
Oct 26, 2017 ZeDude
80T7
Oct 24, 2017 1903 1903
80T9
Oct 21, 2017 batkojohny batkojohny
65T6
Oct 13, 2017 howler19 howler19
72T8
Oct 09, 2017 gargantua gargantua
50T4
Oct 08, 2017 Obdurate Obdurate
70T4
I think while the subject is certainly interesting and disgraceful, the documentary itself is not compelling. There are moments of real intrigue here, and I thought for the first little bit this would be great. But then it loses its momentum, drowning its subject matter in tedium, unnecessary explanations and conversations being thrown into the mix. Then it gets back on track a little. Rodchenkov is also a fascinating man. It's a good doc that borders on great occasionally.
Oct 07, 2017 circleoffilm
75T6
Oct 07, 2017 cdub12
83T9
Oct 05, 2017 cgdbrd cgdbrd
88T7
Oct 01, 2017 b318i88
80T8
Sep 29, 2017 djemba djemba
72T6
Sep 28, 2017 mb9607
80T6
Sep 26, 2017 Mdlcr
80T7
Sep 25, 2017 Kavu Kavu
80T8
Fogel got extremely lucky here, but does it matter? A great, well built documentary.
Sep 24, 2017 addeh
80T8
Sep 23, 2017 H9k H9k
4T1
Sep 23, 2017 Candiru
75T7
Sep 22, 2017 Beer94 Beer94
72T8
Pretty ballsy stuff - can't believe how much they managed to capture on film. Very engaging, if a little long and conceited here and there.
Sep 17, 2017 shlebede shlebede
40T1
Sep 16, 2017 admin buttercup
8T8
Sep 16, 2017 Hoem
82T8
Sep 16, 2017 valfuindor valfuindor
80T8
Sep 14, 2017 ericambler
78T7
ICARUS tells a story that starts as a stroke of luck and transitions into a twist of fate, before ending as a tragic warning. An amateur cyclist's plan to document what happens to an athlete on a serious PED regimen is mere prelude to the bizarre life and times of a Russian sport scientist who is equal parts bogeyman, accomplice, and whistleblower in the shadowy world of blood doping. A fascinating look beyond the moral panic of PEDs to the individual lives affected by the issue.
Sep 13, 2017 Sweekoden Sweekoden
85T9
I'm glad my mind works completely differently from those who thought this was boring. It starts off as an interesting documentary that then, by pure chance, transforms into something far, far greater. Rodchenkov is a character and a half, and the Metal Gear Solidesque connecting of the dots and jump cuts to more exposition is super riveting.
Sep 12, 2017 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
67T9
Sep 12, 2017 filmaffinity filmaffinity
71T9
Sep 11, 2017 JakeR Jake_R
90T10
Sep 11, 2017 jjack229
69T7
Sep 11, 2017 mattorama12 mattorama12
73T8
Fogel pretty much just stumbles into this incredibly intriguing world and makes the most of it. Pretty riveting, which I would not have expected going in.
Sep 06, 2017 Kianoto
73T8
Sep 02, 2017 Ram0n
78T8
Aug 30, 2017 Flo2233 Flo2233
78T5
Aug 29, 2017 caracal caracal
71T4
Aug 28, 2017 ckhutch
80T7
Aug 28, 2017 KeanuGrieves KeanuGrieves
89T7
Aug 25, 2017 Dufftone
85T9
Aug 24, 2017 Lembie
85T7
Aug 24, 2017 timmytom
65T5
The interesting subject matter doesn't make up for the lackluster presentation.
Aug 22, 2017 candan candan
88T9
Aug 21, 2017 andycarhart
78T8
Aug 21, 2017 sanelyidle sanelyidle
80T8
Aug 21, 2017 Liverpoole TarantinOle
65T5
Aug 21, 2017 sensei sensei
80T7
Aug 20, 2017 LesterGroans
76T7
Aug 20, 2017 kemackelis
70T4
Aug 19, 2017 Budhisattva Budhisattva
82T7
Aug 19, 2017 bmmello
80T7
Aug 18, 2017 DMCrimson DMCrimson
83T9
Aug 18, 2017 Mpython Mpython
7T6
Aug 18, 2017 rockway
72T8
Aug 16, 2017 hellboy76 hellboy76
69T8
Pretty dope documentary (har!). It works on so many levels, politically, socially, personally, it's solid work.
Aug 16, 2017 dominus dominus
75T8
Aug 16, 2017 astrakhan astrakhan
73T3
Bryan Fogel is good at cycling, not so good at editing a gripping documentary. We get 30 interesting minutes about him trying to dope himself to prove that the tests can be cheated by anyone. Then 90 increasingly dull minutes of political back-and-forth about a Russian scientist. Don't get me wrong, Rodchenkov is hugely "docugenic" and deserves screen time, but why not have him just explain the doping scandal, and not hours of lawyers tables, fearmongering, and discussing hypothetical outcomes.
Aug 15, 2017 kastenm kastenm
76T8
Aug 15, 2017 hsncomert hsncomert
45T4
Aug 15, 2017 td888 td888
80T9
Wow. If this would have been a fictional movie everyone would shrug about the plot. This is just incredible and exactly what I'm looking for in a documentary. Must watch.
Aug 15, 2017 frigmagnet frigmagnet
80T10
Aug 15, 2017 aylaserin aylaserin
85T8
Aug 14, 2017 skydog
70T3
Aug 14, 2017 mmt396
100T10
Aug 14, 2017 Phantom_Nook Phantom Nook
78T8
Aug 13, 2017 dumbjaw dumbjaw
68T7
Aug 12, 2017 AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
85T9
Aug 12, 2017 still still
35T8
Aug 11, 2017 kissgyozi
80T8
Aug 11, 2017 ozdemibr ozdemibr
77T7
Aug 09, 2017 VN1X VN1X
35T1
Aug 07, 2017 Koernia Koernia
60T5
Aug 06, 2017 donquixotic
65T7
Aug 06, 2017 hisblob hisblob
85T9
I had a hard time believing this story when it first came out, but here we get interviews with the lab director and a lot of supporting evidence of a mind-blowing conspiracy
Aug 05, 2017 educhristoph educhristoph
75T7
Aug 05, 2017 Eglaia Eglaia
60T5
This is an interesting story.. It's annoying that not much came out of such disgraceful acts.. Gripping story told in a decent manner, a well made documentary.
Aug 05, 2017 MIttenZz
85T6
Aug 05, 2017 Blair Blair
85T7
Aug 04, 2017 MetaCritic2 MetaCritic2
67T7
Aug 04, 2017 filmcricket
73T8
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