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Senna Reviews

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 14, 2016
An engrossing, nerve-wracking and beautifully crafted examination of a sporting hero, Kapadia's documentary is a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
[Director Asif Kapadia] allows his documentary gaze to fall upon the sport of motor-racing in this thrilling exploration into the life of a man who aimed to do as much for those less fortunate as he than he did for the sport.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 7, 2013
No, NASCAR coverage on TV never looks as good as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
February 5, 2012
...a surprisingly deft examination of the power of faith...
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 27, 2012
Senna stands as a triumph of [its makers'] knack for story craft and their ability to sort through a staggering volume of material and piece it together into a unified, powerful narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 25, 2012
If we define a classic documentary by its ability to transcend niche subject matter and engage all audiences, then the exhilarating and unbelievable Senna is one of cinema's recent best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
November 25, 2011
While this documentary is unreeling, we're definitely along for the ride. But there's no aftertaste, except for that of burnt metal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 28, 2011
A model of documentary storytelling efficiency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 17, 2011
Though the film seemingly had a good ambassador for the sport, astounding racing footage and was well-presented, the subject matter never fully engaged me.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Best
Movie Talk
October 10, 2011
You don't have to be a Formula 1 nut to enjoy this enthralling documentary ... Asif Kapadia's film Senna is so skillfully put together that its portrayal of a complex, charismatic and fascinating figure will grip even those with no interest in the sport.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 7, 2011
"Senna" is a streamlined piece of filmmaking, completely immersing the viewer in Senna's world and never losing momentum as it moves from one breakneck race to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 30, 2011
It's impossible not to be impressed by how director Asif Kapadia and writer Manish Pandey have managed to craft a biographical film completely out of archive footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 29, 2011
Uses an astonishing wealth of racing and interview footage - including film shot by in-car cameras during races - to chart in a compelling way the dramatic rise and heart-rending end of the Brazilian legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
September 21, 2011
The film is a snapshot in time of an imperfect, interrupted life more than a gateway drug to racing enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 15, 2011
There's no doubt Senna was a great driver, but this competently executed highlights reel doesn't tell us much beyond that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Hedley
September 14, 2011 entertaining, absorbing and inspiring documentary celebrating a champion's talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christine Champ
September 9, 2011
Captivating, chilling, and surprisingly sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cynthia Fuchs
September 8, 2011
Ayrton Senna was a phenomenon, and as such, he was filmed, interviewed, and photographed repeatedly throughout his career, images now assembled as the documentary Senna.
Tom Clift
September 4, 2011
Even those with no interest in Formula One - and I count myself amongst such people - will be captivated by this phenomenal motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 2, 2011
"Senna" is simply the greatest sports film I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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