Zidane, un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Zidane, un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait) Reviews

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October 21, 2008
An overblown nearly-real-time documentary-cum-"art installation."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2006
It mesmerises yet it also bores. It's a fascinating experiment and a frustrating film.
January 25, 2007
There's more filler than real action (much like any soccer match, in my opinion) and the film is a challenge to get all the way through for anyone without an interest in the game or Zidane himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 4, 2007
Alternately hypnotic and irksome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2007
Watching a single athlete for the duration of a game is an interesting concept, but Zidane is better in theory than in execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 26, 2006
The World Cup-winning god of French soccer, Zinedine Zidane, is brought crashing to the ground in Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon's ill-conceived documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait.
May 25, 2006
For that narrow cross section of auds passionate about soccer and experimental cinema, docu Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait will rep a masterpiece; for everyone else, pleasure will vary.
July 12, 2012
For all the fuss that's sometimes been made of the film's semi-experimental approach, it is first and foremost a sensory experience that puts the viewer right on the field.
October 27, 2008
In moments of stillness, a composition of fast jukes and stutter-steps delight the eye. It's a lot of hurry-up and wait at first, but well worth it come the film's finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 24, 2008
You learn little by way of hard facts about the adored French soccer star and famous head-butter Zinedine Zidane in the formalist exercise that bears his name.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 22, 2008
He's set apart not only as the piece's sole subject but because he's hyper-alert, continually responding to invisible forces, raptly focused on events beyond the frame.
October 28, 2006
Strangely enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2006
It's both a revelation and a simple confirmation of everything you've ever believed, and an incredibly powerful, deeply emotional experience.
September 14, 2006
Absolutely hypnotizing.
October 28, 2006
This 17-camera portrait of the artist as an ageing star still captures the magnetism and balletic genius of a player whose reputation will surely survive the naysaying of holier-than-thou commentators following his World Cup 2006 dismissal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2006
The stuff between goals can be agonizingly dull, but the film's sensory impact is heightened by Mogwai's menacing score and Darius Khondji's dazzling cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 28, 2006
Zidane's charisma accumulates and the film becomes a hypnotic experience to which you must simply abandon yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 19, 2007
The remarkably intimate camera work gives viewers the sense of being at this very big, very fast athlete's elbow throughout the 90-minute battle.
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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