Zidane, un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait)
Zidane, un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait) (2006)

Acclaimed visual artists Douglas Gordon and Phillipe Parreno turn their attentions to filmmaking -- and one of Europe's leading soccer stars -- in this offbeat documentary. Zinedine Zidane is among the most celebrated athletes in… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 23, 2006
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Alternately hypnotic and irksome.

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Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

An overblown nearly-real-time documentary-cum-"art installation."

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It mesmerises yet it also bores. It's a fascinating experiment and a frustrating film.

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Watching a single athlete for the duration of a game is an interesting concept, but Zidane is better in theory than in execution.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Emily Armstrong
Oh my god, I hate this movie so much. It fails on every possible level. It's not an engaging portrait of a soccer player. It's not the chronicle of a… More
Jens S.
This is an experiment. Filming Zinedine Zidane during a regular football match during his time with Real Madrid, with 17 cameras, watching each and every of his… More