Diego Maradona Reviews

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January 16, 2020
As an engrossing documentation of the price of fame, the ups and downs of a player who took a major gamble in Naples and went from God to devil in the local's eyes, Diego Maradona succeeds.
October 17, 2019
Sports heroism is under the microscope, warts and all, in this riveting soccer documentary.
October 16, 2019
With a scholarly eye towards research, Maradona is a richly textured, nuanced portrait not only of a titanic figure in sports, but the rise of a sportsman into a god.
October 11, 2019
Over the course of the two-hour film, the camera rarely strays from its subject. We are made privy, albeit only briefly, to Maradona's impoverished childhood in a favela and his controversial 'Hand of God' goal...
October 11, 2019
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.
October 11, 2019
Asif Kapadia gives football's flashiest figure the true-crime treatment.
October 10, 2019
Even though its frenetic, dizzying pace can sometimes feel like it is detrimental to its ambition, Diego Maradona... gets close to questioning whether the responsibility a football legend had... is worth the self-destruction.
October 7, 2019
The most important thing is to go back to that unique moment of sports glory and personal ridicule in order to provide some perspective on that eternal enigma named Maradona. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 3, 2019
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.
October 2, 2019
An overtly (and sometimes over) sympathetic documentary that is ambitious in its attempt to humanise the man behind the myths.
September 26, 2019
It's a cautionary tale that will endure as long as sports continue to exist.
September 24, 2019
Maradona is a man whose story is full of such remarkable highs and lows, and who continues to mean so much to so many, that even Kapadia's heady storytelling can't overplay it.
September 23, 2019
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.
September 20, 2019
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.
September 20, 2019
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.
September 19, 2019
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.
September 19, 2019
You don't need to know much about soccer to get caught up in "Diego Maradona," a propulsive archival documentary on the celebrated and infamous Argentine footballer.
August 14, 2019
With snippets from chaotic press conferences, post-match celebrations and electrifying onfield action, it's a tactic that delivers delights at every turn.
August 11, 2019
You don't need to be a sports fan to take something away from Diego Maradona.
July 25, 2019
The big move made by the filmmaker in capturing the mercurial, maddening essence of Maradona is executed very early in the doco.
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