Zidane, un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait) Reviews

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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
July 12, 2012
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
October 27, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 24, 2008
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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 22, 2008
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 19, 2007
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.
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
October 28, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Digby Lewis
BBC.com
October 28, 2006
Strangely enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martha Fischer
Cinematical
October 28, 2006
It's both a revelation and a simple confirmation of everything you've ever believed, and an incredibly powerful, deeply emotional experience.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
October 28, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 28, 2006
Zidane's charisma accumulates and the film becomes a hypnotic experience to which you must simply abandon yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
September 14, 2006
Absolutely hypnotizing.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
October 21, 2008
An overblown nearly-real-time documentary-cum-"art installation."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
May 4, 2007
Alternately hypnotic and irksome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 12, 2007
Watching a single athlete for the duration of a game is an interesting concept, but Zidane is better in theory than in execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Bell
Film Threat
January 25, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 28, 2006
It mesmerises yet it also bores. It's a fascinating experiment and a frustrating film.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 26, 2006
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.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 25, 2006
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.

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times
January 5, 2007
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