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John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection offers a compelling analysis of what made its subject special - and gives audiences a courtside seat to a pivotal match.

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Written and directed by Julien Faraut and narrated by Mathieu Amalric, JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION revisits the rich bounty of 16-mm-shot footage of the left-handed tennis star John McEnroe, at the time the world's top-ranked player, as he competes in the French Open at Paris's Roland Garros Stadium in 1984. Close-ups and slow motion sequences of McEnroe competing, as well as instances of his notorious temper tantrums, highlight a "man who played on the edge of his senses." Far from a traditional documentary, Faraut probes the archival film to unpack both McEnroe's attention to the sport and the footage itself, creating a lively and immersive look at a driven athlete, a study on the sport of tennis and the human body and movement, and finally how these all intersect with cinema itself.

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McEnroe makes a fascinating focal point.

May 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Room 237 of sports bio documentaries.

May 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film is a pleasingly eccentric watch, and one full of rare insights...

May 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film doesn't add up. It doesn't attain cogency as an essay, documentary or work of cinema.

May 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

All credit to Faurat for that ability to forge coherence out of such wildly disparate materials.

November 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In the end, [Faraut] doesn't have quite enough of anything for a feature.

August 31, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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