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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Critic Reviews for Diego Maradona

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (9)

  • Asif Kapadia has put together an extraordinarily intimate account of [Diego Maradona's] rise and fall, enriched by grainy but graphic footage recording every phase of his life.

    Jul 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Kapadia has said he wanted to "test" himself by documenting "somebody who is still around". Kapadia has passed his own test.

    Jun 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It is about his rise and fall, the way celebrity broke him.

    May 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The archival material retains a hypnotic quality, particularly when it comes down to the nuances of Maradona himself.

    May 20, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • Hero, villain, liar, cheat, champion, scoundrel: this hugely entertaining snorts-and-all biography reveals Maradona to be all these things and more.

    May 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Asif Kapadia's doc has the football and the drugs - think 'Scarface' with screamers - but it's a surprisingly emotional ride too.

    May 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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