Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story

critic Reviews

, 65% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Gran Turismo's brisk action and feel-good underdog drama are undermined by its loose telling of the fact-based story, but this is still a generally solid racing movie.
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    Jenny NulfAustin Chronicle
    Gran Turismo is perhaps a more basic film for Blomkamp, but a welcome reminder that his breakthrough first feature District 9 wasn’t a fluke.
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    Alex WelchInverse
    What Gran Turismo proves is that the worst thing Blomkamp can do isn’t continue to make idea-driven, divisive films, but make movies that feel like they could have been directed by anybody.
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    Dwight BrownDwightBrownInk.com
    Credit the visuals and pacing to Blomkamp’s savvy, cinematographer Jacques Jouffret’s keen eye, editors Austyn Daines and Colby Parker Jr.’s precision cuts and dazzling driving stunts by the real Jann himself.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    All of the racing is either over much too quickly, showcases no sense of drama or pace, or is completely devoid of anything approaching viscerally kinetic energy.
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    Shirley LiThe Atlantic
    Gran Turismo is satisfyingly simple, its ensemble an embodiment of well-worn tropes: the underdog, the jaded coach, the parents who struggle to accept their wunderkind son’s dreams.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Finally, an Underdog Sports Movie where the doggedly determined heroes include a couple of huge international commercial brands. Forget about Rocky and the Karate Kid, we have PlayStation and Nissan in our corner!
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    Sarah Knight AdamsonSarah's Backstage Pass
    I enjoyed the inspirational guidance of Jack Salter (David Harbour), as he guided the young, inexperienced driver to trust his instincts and believe in himself.
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    Ruth MaramisFlixChatter Film Blog
    I enjoyed the rapport between Madekwe + Harbour as underdogs in elite racing. The racing scenes are well-staged and use CGI in an effective way to showcase the video game elements.
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    Aglaia BerluttiEl estímulo
    Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story, the melodramatic biopic adaptation of the video game released in a dozen countries before its arrival in the United States, disappointed international critics. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Frederic and Mary Ann BrussatSpirituality & Practice
    The inspiring story of a video gamer who makes his dream of being a race car driver come true.
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