Senna

Senna

Senna

Documentary on Brazilian Formula One legend Ayrton Senna. You don’t have to be a petrolhead to ‘get’ the legend of Ayrton Senna. Ask any Brazilian – or check out the most enthralling big-screen sports documentary since When We Were Kings. Senna’s career on and off the track is traced through voice-over interviews and carefully restored archival material, much of it never seen before.

Best Documentary winner the 2012 BAFTAs. Audience Award winner (Documentary) at Sundance 2011.
2010Rating: M, contains offensive language104 minsUK, France, USA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Footage from an onboard camera thrillingly places the viewer in Senna's lap, and soberingly includes the accident that claimed his life.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Flawed and reluctant to dig too deep, but also a lyrical, haunting and nerve-wracking portrait: the thinking man’s true-life Top Gun (with cars).

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A documentary that does the job it sets out to do. I wish it had tried for more. It is a competent TV sports doc, the sort you'd expect to see on ESPN. Unless you are a big fan of Senna or Formula One, I don't know why you'd want to pay first-run prices to see it.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A documentary with the pace of a thriller, a story of motors and machines that is beyond compelling because of the intensely human story it tells.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

As a personality profile, Senna is sketchy at best. Born into a well-to-do family in São Paulo, Brazil, Senna pursued the sport from a young age with a maniacal zeal. He comes across as a fatalistic daredevil and as a man of the people, his wealthy background aside.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

As a personality profile, Senna is sketchy at best. Born into a well-to-do family in São Paulo, Brazil, Senna pursued the sport from a young age with a maniacal zeal. He comes across as a fatalistic daredevil and as a man of the people, his wealthy background aside.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Senna is considered one of motorsporting's greats, but Asif Kapadia's film also makes it clear he was a sort of artist, his talent accompanied by an unquenchable thirst for excellence and a belief that racing offered him a connection to God.

0

The Senna movie was truly impressive and not just for those interested in motor racing, a great insight to racing at the highest level.

4.0
0

SOFTLY SPOKEN, FIERCELY COMPETITIVE, and with God on his side, Senna was a hell of a race car driver. This documentary is extremely well crafted. Very cinematic in its choices, the only talking head we ever see is Senna's, the rest of the time it's vintage footage. Which gives the film its immediacy. The poignancy that pervades the film is because you know...

4.0
0

What a brilliant movie and what a tragic loss of life. In some ways it reminded me of watching Control which I also found hard to enjoy knowing the inevitable tragic end. I loved that the interviews were all just voiceovers, with only their names shown, whilst the archival footage kept rolling. It meant momentum wasn't lost and kept the focus on Senna. I...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Footage from an onboard camera thrillingly places the viewer in Senna's lap, and soberingly includes the accident that claimed his life.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Flawed and reluctant to dig too deep, but also a lyrical, haunting and nerve-wracking portrait: the thinking man’s true-life Top Gun (with cars).

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A documentary that does the job it sets out to do. I wish it had tried for more. It is a competent TV sports doc, the sort you'd expect to see on ESPN. Unless you are a big fan of Senna or Formula One, I don't know why you'd want to pay first-run prices to see it.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A documentary with the pace of a thriller, a story of motors and machines that is beyond compelling because of the intensely human story it tells.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

As a personality profile, Senna is sketchy at best. Born into a well-to-do family in São Paulo, Brazil, Senna pursued the sport from a young age with a maniacal zeal. He comes across as a fatalistic daredevil and as a man of the people, his wealthy background aside.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

As a personality profile, Senna is sketchy at best. Born into a well-to-do family in São Paulo, Brazil, Senna pursued the sport from a young age with a maniacal zeal. He comes across as a fatalistic daredevil and as a man of the people, his wealthy background aside.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Senna is considered one of motorsporting's greats, but Asif Kapadia's film also makes it clear he was a sort of artist, his talent accompanied by an unquenchable thirst for excellence and a belief that racing offered him a connection to God.

0

The Senna movie was truly impressive and not just for those interested in motor racing, a great insight to racing at the highest level.

4.0
0

SOFTLY SPOKEN, FIERCELY COMPETITIVE, and with God on his side, Senna was a hell of a race car driver. This documentary is extremely well crafted. Very cinematic in its choices, the only talking head we ever see is Senna's, the rest of the time it's vintage footage. Which gives the film its immediacy. The poignancy that pervades the film is because you...

4.0
0

What a brilliant movie and what a tragic loss of life. In some ways it reminded me of watching Control which I also found hard to enjoy knowing the inevitable tragic end. I loved that the interviews were all just voiceovers, with only their names shown, whilst the archival footage kept rolling. It meant momentum wasn't lost and kept the focus on Senna. I...

5.0
0