Weekend Of A Champion
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In 1971, Motor Racing fan Roman Polanski spent a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he attempted to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart's world for three days, both on the track and off. The result is an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. Forty years on, Polanski and Stewart meet once again. In a remarkable post-script, they discuss the sport, both past and present, with a unique and unmatched perspective.(c) Submarine

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Weekend of a Champion" will appeal mostly to motor-racing enthusiasts and movie archaeologists."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Weekend of a Champion begins as a motorsports movie but ends up a portrait of two wily elder statesmen who have survived into their seventies by skill, stealth and sheer luck."
‑ Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
"...fascinating insight into the mind of a champion at the height of his powers...a don't-miss film, even if you're not an auto racing aficionado, which I'm not."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"Weekend Of A Champion takes audiences close enough to the brink of oblivion to really drive home what a remarkable accomplishment that represents."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"The film is at its most fascinating when Jackie Stewart authoritatively and pedagogically discusses the nuances of his trade."
‑ Drew Hunt, Slant Magazine
"Polanski and Stewart reunite at the film's end to reminisce, but it's the original footage that thrills."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Even racing aficionados might find the chitchat a little vague."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"'Weekend of a Champion' is too diffuse and too light, and when it comes time for the big race itself, it founders."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"Stewart knows his stuff, but his confidence is accompanied by the lingering sense that something could go wrong at any moment."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"I wonder if there isn't something a little bit placid and self-satisfied about the film, which is paced remarkably slowly, given the subject matter."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Weekend Of A Champion serves as a terrific primer on auto racing."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"Stewart, found here at the height of his prowess and celebrity, proves a rather charming and loquacious subject, long ago inured to the spotlight and thus comfortable indulging our interest with candor."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"An all-access pass into the past, this intimate behind-the-scenes documentary...is entrancing even for those of us whose familiarity with the sport begins and ends with the Indianapolis 500."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Even when he's talking technical, as he mostly does, Stewart's engaging, no-nonsense good humour shines through."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Screen International
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