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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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1. 2017 Films to Watch (private: kendell)
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TCI | Tier | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
Nov 18 BangingOn Banging_On
75T6
Nov 15 Icarusion Icarusion
60T4
Nov 06 bybrt bybrt
60T5
Nov 01 bitterbill bitterbill
65T7
Oct 30 fakefeudal fakefeudal
75T6
Oct 26 ZeDude
80T7
Oct 24 1903 1903
80T9
Oct 21 batkojohny batkojohny
65T6
Oct 13 howler19 howler19
72T8
Oct 09 gargantua gargantua
50T4
Oct 08 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 circleoffilm
75T6
Oct 07 cdub12
83T9
Oct 05 cgdbrd cgdbrd
88T7
Oct 01 b318i88
80T8
Sep 29 djemba djemba
72T6
Sep 28 mb9607
80T6
Sep 26 Mdlcr
80T7
Sep 25 Kavu Kavu
80T8
Fogel got extremely lucky here, but does it matter? A great, well built documentary.
Sep 24 addeh
80T8
Sep 23 H9k H9k
4T1
Sep 23 Candiru
75T7
Sep 22 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 shlebede shlebede
40T1
Sep 16 admin buttercup
8T8
Sep 16 Hoem
82T8
Sep 16 valfuindor valfuindor
80T8
Sep 14 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 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 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
69T9
Sep 12 filmaffinity filmaffinity
70T8
Sep 11 JakeR Jake_R
90T10
Sep 11 jjack229
69T7
Sep 11 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 Kianoto
73T8
Sep 02 Ram0n
78T8
Aug 30 Flo2233 Flo2233
78T5
Aug 29 caracal caracal
71T4
Aug 28 ckhutch
80T7
Aug 28 KeanuGrieves KeanuGrieves
89T7
Aug 25 Dufftone
85T9
Aug 24 Lembie
85T7
Aug 24 timmytom
65T5
The interesting subject matter doesn't make up for the lackluster presentation.
Aug 22 candan candan
88T9
Aug 21 andycarhart
80T8
Aug 21 sanelyidle sanelyidle
80T8
Aug 21 Liverpoole TarantinOle
65T5
Aug 21 sensei sensei
80T7
Aug 20 LesterGroans
76T7
Aug 20 kemackelis
70T4
Aug 19 Budhisattva Budhisattva
82T7
Aug 19 bmmello
80T7
Aug 18 DMCrimson DMCrimson
83T9
Aug 18 Mpython Mpython
7T6
Aug 18 rockway
72T8
Aug 16 hellboy76 hellboy76
69T8
Pretty dope documentary (har!). It works on so many levels, politically, socially, personally, it's solid work.
Aug 16 dominus dominus
75T8
Aug 16 astrakhan astrakhan
73T4
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 kastenm kastenm
76T8
Aug 15 hsncomert hsncomert
45T4
Aug 15 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 frigmagnet frigmagnet
80T10
Aug 15 aylaserin aylaserin
85T8
Aug 14 skydog
70T3
Aug 14 mmt396
97T9
Aug 14 Phantom_Nook Phantom Nook
78T8
Aug 13 dumbjaw dumbjaw
68T7
Aug 12 AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
85T9
Aug 12 still still
35T8
Aug 11 kissgyozi
80T8
Aug 11 ozdemibr ozdemibr
77T7
Aug 09 VN1X VN1X
35T1
Aug 07 Koernia Koernia
60T5
Aug 06 donquixotic
65T7
Aug 06 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 educhristoph educhristoph
75T7
Aug 05 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 MIttenZz
85T6
Aug 05 Blair Blair
85T7
Aug 04 MetaCritic2 MetaCritic2
67T7
Aug 04 filmcricket
73T8
Average Tier 6.85 from 81 Rankings rss