Pelé Reviews

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March 8, 2021
Do I wish that "Pele" had gone a little deeper? Yes...winning those three championships (still the only man to do it) - it was superhuman. Had we been able to get more of the merely human Pele, this documentary might have reached a greatness of its own.
March 5, 2021
As it paints an honest portrait of the complex relationship between sports and politics in Brazil, Pelé suggests that the star transcended both.
March 4, 2021
Pelé, the documentary, leaves us wanting more football... Otherwise, the documentary is inspiring and extremely moving. [Full review in Spanish]
March 1, 2021
You'll be hard-pressed to find a subject as enthralling, human, or intrinsically linked to their culture and country as Pelé, and this documentary is a fitting tribute to that legacy.
March 1, 2021
Pelé's contradictions are fascinating.
February 26, 2021
Nicholas and Tryhorn's new film for Netflix, though plenty laudatory, presents a contemplative Pelé that appears human after all
February 26, 2021
A fitting tribute to both the man and the myth, unwilling to turn a blind eye to his shortcomings and yet perceptive enough to recognize that his failings were secondary to his athletic brilliance.
February 25, 2021
Why the filmmakers couldn't get any vivd recollections out of Pelé, sitting in front of them, is anyone's guess.
February 25, 2021
[Pelé's] story isn't as compellingly told as it could be and directors Ben Nicholas and David Tryhorn's efforts to examine the political turmoil of the era doesn't quite come off.
February 24, 2021
The movie wanders into fascinating, uneasy areas.
February 24, 2021
Pelé is a terrific examination of the player, the man, and his status in recent Brazilian history.
February 24, 2021
As it's been said, what Pelé says matters less what than what he did on a soccer field. And this documentary is faithful testimony of that. [Full review in Spanish]
February 24, 2021
A worthy look at one of the few athletes who could lay claim to the title of The Greatest Of All Time.
February 23, 2021
As a tightly focused look on one man's influence and dominance of a global game for more than a decade, Pele is a more than entertaining watch.
February 23, 2021
The digging is kept skin-deep and the protagonist gets off mostly unquestioned.
February 23, 2021
However conventional as a whole, the movie feels troubled by the traumas of Pelé's heyday.
February 23, 2021
On that level, Pelé is a relationship drama, but the torrid affair is between a nation's star player and the nation itself.
February 23, 2021
Skillfully interweaves the story of the great man's rise with his country's turbulent politics.
February 22, 2021
Watching clips of Pelé playing football is still out-of-this-world but this documentary has perhaps traded access to its subject for a too-cautious approach to examining his flaws.
February 22, 2021
The archive footage is a thrilling testament to his talent. But the film also explores the dark side of the Brazilian nationalism he unwittingly unleashed.
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