For all the fuss that's sometimes been made of the film's semi-experimental approach, it is first and foremost a sensory experience that puts the viewer right on the field.
In moments of stillness, a composition of fast jukes and stutter-steps delight the eye. It's a lot of hurry-up and wait at first, but well worth it come the film's finish.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
You learn little by way of hard facts about the adored French soccer star and famous head-butter Zinedine Zidane in the formalist exercise that bears his name.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
To see everything boiled down to one man's stillness and movement is a transcendentalist high, a concentrated dose of poetry in motion.
| Original Score: 4/6
He's set apart not only as the piece's sole subject but because he's hyper-alert, continually responding to invisible forces, raptly focused on events beyond the frame.
An overblown nearly-real-time documentary-cum-"art installation."
| Original Score: 2/4
Alternately hypnotic and irksome.
| Original Score: 3/4
Watching a single athlete for the duration of a game is an interesting concept, but Zidane is better in theory than in execution.
| Original Score: C-
There's more filler than real action (much like any soccer match, in my opinion) and the film is a challenge to get all the way through for anyone without an interest in the game or Zidane himself.
| Original Score: 3/5
The remarkably intimate camera work gives viewers the sense of being at this very big, very fast athlete's elbow throughout the 90-minute battle.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's both a revelation and a simple confirmation of everything you've ever believed, and an incredibly powerful, deeply emotional experience.
The stuff between goals can be agonizingly dull, but the film's sensory impact is heightened by Mogwai's menacing score and Darius Khondji's dazzling cinematography.
Zidane's charisma accumulates and the film becomes a hypnotic experience to which you must simply abandon yourself.
It mesmerises yet it also bores. It's a fascinating experiment and a frustrating film.
This 17-camera portrait of the artist as an ageing star still captures the magnetism and balletic genius of a player whose reputation will surely survive the naysaying of holier-than-thou commentators following his World Cup 2006 dismissal.
The World Cup-winning god of French soccer, Zinedine Zidane, is brought crashing to the ground in Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon's ill-conceived documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait.
For that narrow cross section of auds passionate about soccer and experimental cinema, docu Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait will rep a masterpiece; for everyone else, pleasure will vary.