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Racing Dreams Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
January 28, 2015
Tweens in Go-Karts race for glory in lively docu.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
July 12, 2011
It's impossible to watch these kids struggle in their daily life and not have some rooting interest in their on-track success.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
Perri Nemiroff
August 13, 2010
NASCAR enthusiast or not, it's a universally touching and charming film with the power to capture the heart of any viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2010
Curry's impressionable, charismatic young subjects are impossible not to care about.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 9, 2010
That said, Racing Dreams is one of the rare documentaries you leave wishing it was a little bit longer.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Nora Lee Mandel
July 9, 2010
Revealing portrait of 3 very different young people intensely focused on being champions, and the impact of their determination on their devoted families (and vice versa).
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Stephanie Zacharek
July 8, 2010
If nothing else the racing scenes -- which look terrific, crisp and colorful, like the rest of the film -- will help the childless get in touch with their inner hysterical mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Michelle Orange
July 8, 2010
At the end of the film's 93 minutes Curry could have invited me to a frog-sexing competition and I'd have happily signed on.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
July 7, 2010
Marshall Curry's sleek documentary captures the second-hand thrill of watching tweens hurtle at 70 mph around a blacktop, as it follows three potential superkarters over the course of a single season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
July 6, 2010
Curry documents the huge pressure placed on these children not only to succeed on the track, but to raise the money needed to continue.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 5, 2010
The journey is thrilling -- even if, on some level, you know that these kids are going in circles.
Harvey S. Karten
June 29, 2010
Nicely captures the milieu of, and the action in, the Go-Kart racing world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine
June 7, 2010
Curry has expertly stitched together a 90-minute triumph in crowd-pleasing, wholesome entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
June 1, 2010
[Director Marshall] Curry, who received an Academy Award for his 2005 documentary Street Fight, captures the pulse pounding excitement of the races throughout the multi-state series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
May 24, 2010
Marshall Curry's documentary about three bright, personable youngsters who dream of becoming professional NASCAR drivers is simultaneously a feel-good celebration of youthful optimism and a sobering reminder that not all dreams come true.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 21, 2010
A Spellbound or Mad Hot Ballroom for the NASCAR set, Racing Dreams ends up speeding past its niche market and working its magic on anyone with a rooting interest in the dreams and ambitions of this country's youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 21, 2010
Reveals a fascinating subculture that is unknown to most moviegoers, where tweens with a need for speed can spend up to 48 weekends a year behind the wheel...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 20, 2010
Even if you consider NASCAR itself a bore, you'll find this snapshot of what's often called its version of Little League compulsively watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Orndorf
May 20, 2010
Marvelously shaped and sharpened by Curry, and teeming with concentrated racetrack suspense, Racing Dreams is a splendid picture that sincerely digs into the various forces that drag this specialized four-wheeled ambition along.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jennifer Merin
May 20, 2010
A fast-paced documentary with a straight away formula one storyline. From start to finish, you watch three talented kids putting pedal to metal on the track and in their lives. They're all winners! So's the film!
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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