Diego Maradona

2019

Diego Maradona

Critics Consensus

Diego Maradona traces the arc of a standard sports documentary, but illuminates its subject with uncommon clarity and depth.

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Having never won a major tournament, ailing football giant SSC Napoli had criminally underachieved. Their fanatical support was unequalled in both passion and size. None was more feared. But how they ached for success... On 5th July 1984, Diego Maradona arrived in Naples for a world-record fee and for seven years all hell broke loose. The world's most celebrated football genius and the most dysfunctional city in Europe were a perfect match for each other. Maradona was blessed on the field but cursed off it; the charismatic Argentine, quickly led Naples to their first-ever title. It was the stuff of dreams. But there was a price... Diego could do as he pleased whilst performing miracles on the pitch, but when the magic faded he became almost a prisoner of the city. The third film from the Academy Award and BAFTA-winning team behind Senna and Amy, the film will be constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona's personal archive and in the style of Senna and Amy, will be a high-end and definitive feature documentary made with the full support of Maradona. In a city where the devil would have needed bodyguards, Maradona became bigger than God himself. This is the wild and unforgettable story of God-given talent, glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption and ultimately redemption.

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  • The tragedy of Maradona is that he was too simple to learn how to play anything other than soccer-and the sins for which he was punished, it turns out, were not really his, but ours.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I think [Asif Kapadia] can make anyone interesting... This is almost like the third part of [his] trilogy about what can happen to you with early fame.

    Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Dionysian frenzy of hero worship is well captured by the film, though it could use more footage from the field of play, where Maradona redefined what it means to be fleet of foot.

    Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Most documentaries cut frequently to talking heads. Kapadi... doesn't do that, preferring to keep the viewer firmly planted in the narrative he's crafted from hundreds of hours of never-seen archival footage. The approach is hugely effective.

    Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Asif Kapadia, who also made the Ayrton Senna and Amy Winehouse documentaries, lets the familiar story of a gifted kid who follows early success with fame and then tragedy unfold. But he asks us to think about ourselves as well.

    Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Though a tad overlong at two-hours-plus - even as it condenses its framing to the footballer's 1980s stint in Naples, Italy - Kapadia's handling of Maradona's eventful rise and ignominious decline is a bracing, well-controlled run across a rocky pitch.

    Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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