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Based on 30 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    What's most rewarding, though, is that Mr. Senna speaks extensively and eloquently for himself, and reveals himself to be an eminently human hero. He's thoughtful, even philosophical, about decisions that deprive him of seemingly well-earned victories. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Exhilarating and tragic. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    His years of success aren't as gripping as Kapadia, and Senna's legend, would have us believe. He had no demons besides fame, and no hurdles besides a recklessness that went with the territory. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Feels lavish by normal documentary standards and will have great appeal in such F1 hotbeds as Europe and South America. show more

  • 85
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    The truth may not be quite that simple, but Kapadia's slightly ecstatic version of it makes for gripping viewing. show more

  • 100
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    With such supercharged material under the hood, a magnetic man behind the wheel and a nimble director manning the pits, Senna is simply the greatest sports film I have ever seen. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The film is a remarkable experience on a purely sensory level, and the best of its archival footage - on the track, in private meetings with drivers before the races, from the white-knuckle, over-the-shoulder perspective of Senna himself - is pure gold. show more

  • 88
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Senna is what film critics might call a TMSI movie, as in: Trust me, see it. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The movie's assemblage of audio interviews poured mostly over astounding race footage is fit for a shrine. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The crash, lethal in an eye-blink, was hard to watch when I saw it live on television, and it's not any easier here. The day was clear – no rain in sight. show more

  • September 07, 2011 ccvail
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    Tells of a story of passionate commitment to goals. Told without narrator, talking heads or all knowing expert. Excellent editing. Stirring drama. Told by those who were there at the time of the events in the film. Well done.

  • September 02, 2011 jspielberger1
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    I went to the movie because it got better than average reviews and because a woman I didn\'t even know mentioned it to me in passing. Now that I\'ve seen it, I can\'t get it out of my mind. The filmmaker did a really great job taking you behind the scenes in F1 racing, but also portrayed the human side of Senna in a way that left me wanting more. I also found the footage from the onboard cameras thrilling...I can\'t imagine anyone doing this, let alone doing it as well as he did.

  • August 30, 2011 jcajr98
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    Out Standing...... I took my wife, & even SHE loved it! It is a great story & documentary. If you like racing it\'s all the better. Support the sport & send a friend to see it. BTW: The show was 3/4 full & it was Monday @ 2:20, I\'m happy to report.

  • August 28, 2011 dariognani
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    quite inspiring and moving; the scenes of the crowd at the funeral and the opening camera-on-board footage at Montecarlo were my favorite

  • August 27, 2011 AUTOLEGEND86
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    A story for anyone to get inspired to. This is an era where drivers really proved how great they can be. The cars were so much harder to control and the safety had yet to improve. Most importantly, the driver dynamic was clear and that is what this film is about. Don\'t let ignorant critics who think all racing of any kind is about circles ruin it for you as F1 travels to great venues and always has the driver turning left and right. This is a keeper.

  • August 15, 2011 fipilot
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    Simply awesome. I took friends who knew nothing about Formula 1 or Senna and by the end of the film they had a knew appreciation of Formula 1 and it\'s drivers and most of all were amazed at Senna\'s life and accomplishments. I hope they release an extended directors cut DVD with more footage. Don\'t miss this one!

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