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Senna

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United Kingdom, France, United States
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2010

Rated PG-13 · 1h 46m

Director Asif Kapadia
Starring Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis
Genre Documentary
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Senna's remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievments on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend's years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later.

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Senna's accomplishments are impressive, but his story seems more suited to an ESPN special than a feature-length film.
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Empire by Dan Jolin

Ambitiously constructed, deeply compelling, thrilling and in no way only for those who like watching cars drive in circles. A worthy paean to a true talent.
90

Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

What's most rewarding, though, is that Mr. Senna speaks extensively and eloquently for himself, and reveals himself to be an eminently human hero. He's thoughtful, even philosophical, about decisions that deprive him of seemingly well-earned victories.
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Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

With exemplary use of archival footage, director Asif Kapadia expertly contrasts episodes of adrenaline-rush speed with moments of reflective slow motion to capture the addictive thrill and danger of the sport, as well as the personal values of the humble, spiritual sportsman.
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Village Voice by Nick Pinkerton

The aura of a life lived in extremis, undergirded by faith, clings to the film. Even nonbelievers in Senna's sport and church will find it difficult to visit Kapadia's cinematic shrine without emotion.
75

Slant Magazine by Nick Schager

Asif Kapadia's documentary is ultimately less affecting and insightful on a universal thematic scale than on an individual, personal one.

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