Senna (2011)

Spanning his years as a Formula One racing driver from 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, Senna explores the life and work of the triple world champion, his physical and spiritual achievements on the track, his quest for perfection… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 12, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Even for filmgoers who aren't racing fans, Senna offers heart-pounding thrills -- and heartbreaking emotion.

Christine Champ

Captivating, chilling, and surprisingly sublime.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

"Senna" is carefully edited and makes sometimes spectacular use of extensive home movies and videos.

Katherine Monk

Kapadia's film isn't just a moving resurrection of the driver and his phenomenal career; it's a timely nod to our increasingly competitive times, as we attempt to restart from a long stall of selfishness, and reconstruct the engine of meaning in the pits.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Senna" is simply the greatest sports film I have ever seen.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

There's not an ounce of fat or a wasted shot throughout.

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press

An engrossing, nerve-wracking and beautifully crafted examination of a sporting hero, Kapadia's documentary is a must-see.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

A psychologically intriguing if at times too hagiographic portrait of a man who often held pole position in his profession and felt nearer to God because of it.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

You don't have to know anything about car racing at all. Instead, you simply have to like a great story, one that has all the elements: drama, inspiration, competition, victory, defeat, betrayal and, looming above it all, tragedy.

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Glenn Dunks

[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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An enthralling and heartbreaking documentary using only archive material and old interviews with the pilot and those who knew him, and it is fascinating to see… More
xGary Xx
Senna is a documentary based around the career of Ayrton Senna, regarded by many as the greatest racing driver who ever lived. It is very much based around his… More
Dan Schultz
An arresting, incredibly well constructed documentary on the life of Ayrton Senna, a Formula One race car driver during the 80's and early 90's whose… More
Sam Barnett
Takes its place amongst "Grizzly Man" as a prime example of how to make a character-focused documentary that oozes humanity, emotion, and inspiration.… More
Spencer S.
This film, about Formula One racing, is probably one of the best put together and archived documentary films ever. It speaks about the complete life story of… More
Alex roy
Senna is a great documentary film about Ayrton Senna. Using archive footage, director Asif Kapadia tells the story of one of the greatest drivers in Formula One… More