John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection)2018

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection offers a compelling analysis of what made its subject special - and gives audiences a courtside seat to a pivotal match.

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) Photos

Movie Info

Written and directed by Julien Faraut and narrated by Mathieu Amalric, JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION revisits the rich bounty of 16-mm-shot footage of the left-handed tennis star John McEnroe, at the time the world's top-ranked player, as he competes in the French Open at Paris's Roland Garros Stadium in 1984. Close-ups and slow motion sequences of McEnroe competing, as well as instances of his notorious temper tantrums, highlight a "man who played on the edge of his senses." Far from a traditional documentary, Faraut probes the archival film to unpack both McEnroe's attention to the sport and the footage itself, creating a lively and immersive look at a driven athlete, a study on the sport of tennis and the human body and movement, and finally how these all intersect with cinema itself.

Watch it now

Cast

News & Interviews for John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection)

Critic Reviews for John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection)

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10)

All credit to Faurat for that ability to forge coherence out of such wildly disparate materials.

November 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In the end, [Faraut] doesn't have quite enough of anything for a feature.

August 31, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

"Perfection" at times risks being too pleased with itself for its own good, but its one-of-a-kind credentials are never in doubt.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

McEnroe, Faraut asserts, was "a man who played on the edge of his senses." His film brings that home.

August 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Regardless of his enemy, the main event was McEnroe vs. McEnroe, in an unresolvable tiebreak of body and soul. There had been nothing like it, on public view, since the heyday of James Dean.

August 27, 2018 | Full Review…

"John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection" is a sports documentary unlike any other, a beguiling and delightful piece of visionary non-fiction that uses its namesake to investigate the ontological nature of watching tennis.

August 23, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection)

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection)!

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features