Diego Maradona Reviews

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 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.
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.
July 23, 2019
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.
June 16, 2019
Kapadia has said he wanted to "test" himself by documenting "somebody who is still around". Kapadia has passed his own test.
May 21, 2019
It is about his rise and fall, the way celebrity broke him.
May 20, 2019
The archival material retains a hypnotic quality, particularly when it comes down to the nuances of Maradona himself.
May 20, 2019
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
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
As Signorini says: "Diego has had a life both tremendous and terrible." Kapadia's film does justice to both sides.
May 20, 2019
This film is a solidly made summary of his golden years, full of energy and swagger. But Maradona's colorful life story is richer and stranger, deeper and darker than the greatest-hits reel captured here.
May 20, 2019
[I]t's like a 130-minute Match of the Day title sequence created by Sophocles.
May 20, 2019
It's a heady, engrossing, indulgently sprawling profile of a modern athlete in all his glory and contradiction, but it's also a film that leaves you with more questions than it should.