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Senna

This fast-paced documentary profiles Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One racing, and a hero in his native Brazil. Using only archival footage, director Asif Kapadia examines the idealistic Senna's inspiring legend. Charismatic, compassionate and a dedicated risk-taker, Senna was known for his integrity in a sport often fraught with cutthroat politics, and also for the deep religious faith that gave him purpose.
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Captivating, chilling, and surprisingly sublime.
Christine Champ, Film.com  full review
 
A psychologically intriguing if at times too hagiographic portrait of a man who often held pole position in his profession and felt nearer to God because of it.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
 
There's not an ounce of fat or a wasted shot throughout.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
You don't have to know anything about car racing at all. Instead, you simply have to like a great story, one that has all the elements: drama, inspiration, competition, victory, defeat, betrayal and, looming above it all, tragedy.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
 
It's stripped of narration, talking heads, and anything else that might threaten to slow it down.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker  full review
 
Even if you can't tell Formula One from Grecian Formula, Senna is pretty exciting stuff.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
Most interesting for the way its construction builds on the inherent austerity of auto racing.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Real life eclipses fiction in delivering a tale that combines heroism, villainy, suspense and a surprising amount of emotional resonance.
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star  full review
 
What makes "Senna" essential viewing is the propulsive education it provides in one of the world's most popular sports, and the introduction it provides to an extraordinary athlete and human being.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
Kapadia is working with an embarrassment of riches, but to his credit he selects wisely, and has the good sense to keep the talking heads off the screen.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
Senna feels a touch too short to be fully realized -- but then again, so was Ayrton Senna's life.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
 
Senna is earnest, eloquent, and impossibly charismatic, and his rocketing ascension through the ranks of professional drivers - gunning his car at more than 200 m.p.h. down the straightaways - is something to behold.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
The movie's assemblage of audio interviews poured mostly over astounding race footage is fit for a shrine.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
 
Plays like a narrative feature, juicy and alive, with enough kinetic excitement to hook the Formula One-ignorant (me, I knew next to nothing about the subject), let alone racing fans worldwide.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
 
"Senna" is a documentary that does the job it sets out to do. I wish it had tried for more.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
There are some thrilling you-are-there sequences shot inside the racing car from his POV as he zooms around the tracks. It's like watching a video game made real.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
Kapadia has, quite daringly, decided to rely completely on primary materials - although occasionally we hear the voices of after-the-fact observers, what we see is what happened then.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
My interest in watching men drive machines in ovals is limited, and in this documentary the title character mostly comes across as an uninteresting dope.
Kyle Smith, New York Post  full review
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