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NASCAR: The IMAX Experience Reviews

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Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune
March 11, 2004
True fans (i.e., the people who are most likely to buy tickets) probably know a lot of this stuff already, and they might be disappointed by the lack of drama and the brevity of 3-D racing action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 11, 2004
Sponsored by NASCAR, this is not a critical look at the sport, nor is it particularly illuminating.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 12, 2004
A 45-minute glorified infomercial.
| Original Score: 1/4
March 12, 2004
It might not have all the thrills you're seeking, but it has a lot of interesting information, even for those of us who aren't huge NASCAR fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Ehlert
Sacramento Bee
March 12, 2004
An uneven combination of documentary and demolition drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
April 9, 2004
Part infomercial, part historical documentary, all in 3-D, Nascar 3D is best seen as a spectacle, something that exists for its format rather than its content.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
March 11, 2004
Wincer offers the expected driver's-eye view of a championship race, but cuts away from it so frenetically that one never truly experiences the madman rush of taking a curve at 200 miles per hour.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
March 11, 2004
Another one of those lightweight, corporate-sponsored Imax documentaries that resembles a promotional video more than a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
March 9, 2004
Posits its working-class supporters not as protagonists but consumers, cheering on their just-folks race-car heroes for proxy fantasies of high-speed escape and high-tech goodies.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 9, 2004
Surprisingly earnest and sedate...the sort of perfunctorily informative instructional film that might be the first leg on a guided tour of a NASCAR museum.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 12, 2004
Race day comes and the experience is mildly disappointing -- better at the speed game than a conventional camera, to be sure, yet still far from the real deal, and well below the standard set by our own God-given peepers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
March 12, 2004
Its rampant corporate sponsorship is messy and distracting, and the athleticism necessary to triumph is still less intriguing (perhaps because it's less visible) than the athleticism necessary to triumph in, say, baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
March 24, 2004
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 1, 2004
The film is about as illuminating as the race cars' stickered-on headlights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
June 5, 2004
I wanted more time on the track, more passing, more actual racing. NASCAR (Stock car racing) implies "adrenaline rush" and I missed that in this otherwise solid documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
It turns out that racing around an oval track offers surprisingly few opportunities to exploit 3D effectively.
Michael Dequina
July 11, 2005
A rather rote and superficial look at the NASCAR circuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 18, 2004
The movie makes an excellent primer about the world of stock car racing for fans and nonfans alike.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 11, 2004
If the words 'Gentlemen, start your engines' set your heart pounding, this is the Imax experience for you.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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