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

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February 14, 2020
Focused solely on McEnroe during his matches at the tournament, it is both a meditation on the psycho-dramatics of sports, its links to cinema and their shared relationship to time, and a pure celebration of the body in motion.
December 20, 2019
The French director Julien Faraut's take on McEnroe uses on-court footage to build a diverting, slightly pretentious movie about tennis and its kinship with cinema.
August 9, 2019
A true masterclass on the mechanisms of cinema. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 9, 2019
There are amazing moments, like those slow cameras to the rhythm of The Sprawl, of Sonic Youth, and moments of extreme pretentiousness. It's tennis with Jean-Luc Godard. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 6, 2019
[Demonstrates] the impossibility of deciphering genius. [Full review in Spanish]
June 2, 2019
Tennis, anyone?
May 26, 2019
In the Realm of Perfection is a dull, ponderous experience that lacks the energy and excitement that we associate with McEnroe himself.
May 24, 2019
McEnroe makes a fascinating focal point.
May 23, 2019
The Room 237 of sports bio documentaries.
May 23, 2019
The film is a pleasingly eccentric watch, and one full of rare insights...
May 22, 2019
It's an oddity but a fascinating one.
May 22, 2019
The film doesn't add up. It doesn't attain cogency as an essay, documentary or work of cinema.
May 21, 2019
It all adds up to a lively and thoughtful portrait of a highly driven and supremely talented athlete.
February 11, 2019
The only tennis documentary to set Sonic Youth's cyberpunk ode The Sprawl to a technique montage, Julien Faraut's wonderfully original film mixes film theory, cryptic analysis, and multiple break(ing) points to form a coolly intoxicating examination.
February 10, 2019 times the film feels like every character in a Wes Anderson movie got up and made a documentary on tennis.
February 4, 2019
It's a different kind of sports film that caught my attention despite not being a tennis fan.
December 24, 2018
...proving that sport itself can be fundamentally cinematic and ripe with psychological drama when documented in a manner outside of the traditional systems designed for live or television viewing.
December 2, 2018
Faraut is less interested in how cinema affects tennis than how they overlap. He's searching for the line separating reality from performance, [proving] one doesn't exist.
November 14, 2018
There's a strange allure to the film, how it whimsically and playfully approaches one of the greatest tennis players to play the game from such unexpected angles.
November 9, 2018
All credit to Faurat for that ability to forge coherence out of such wildly disparate materials.
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