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HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Asif Kapadia

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About the Movie

The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual yet, on occasion, ruthless - Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time - and in Brazil as a Saint.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 118
  • Fresh: 109
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's stripped of narration, talking heads, and anything else that might threaten to slow it down. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Aug 22, 2011

Fresh: Plays like a narrative feature, juicy and alive, with enough kinetic excitement to hook the Formula One-ignorant (me, I knew next to nothing about the subject), let alone racing fans worldwide. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Aug 18, 2011

Fresh: The movie's assemblage of audio interviews poured mostly over astounding race footage is fit for a shrine. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Aug 18, 2011

Fresh: What makes "Senna" essential viewing is the propulsive education it provides in one of the world's most popular sports, and the introduction it provides to an extraordinary athlete and human being. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Aug 19, 2011

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Customer Reviews

A life well lived. Truly fantastic.

This is a fantastic film with universal appeal. You do not need to be aFormula 1 enthusiast to enjoy 'Senna'. This is more than the story of one of the greatest sportsmen that lived. It is a story about a self made man's passion for sport, humanity, and thirst for life. In the end you come away with nothing but positive feelings and a desire to life a much fuller life. Just the way Ayrton lived it.


Brilliantly presents the career of one of the best race car drivers.


This is a riveting documentary from the second it starts to the second it ends. Even if you are not a racing fan.

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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