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Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (15)

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (15)


The story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication. It is the story of how one of the most volatile, charismatic stars of his generation, who seemingly lost so much he held dear in the pursuit of his dream, nevertheless followed it to the end.

The critical consensus

One comes out of this fragmentary documentary about the King Of Cool’s passion for motor racing liking him much less than one did going in.

**(*)(*)(*)Angie Errigo, Empire Online, 11/11/2015

It is interesting enough as a film history footnote and a story of obsession but slightly more compelling for the unflattering portrait it paints of McQueen.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 16/11/2015

Ironically, the documentary really works when it focuses on the driving and not the man.

***(*)(*)Bekzhan Sarsenbay, Little White Lies, 18/11/2015

Greenlit by the late actor’s family, this interesting documentary tracks the petrol-head star’s mid-life crisis and ill-fated 1971 racing film.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/11/2015

Like the Le Mans movie itself, the doc sometimes loses its focus but it is beautifully made.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 20/11/2015

Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s film trawls the archives and secures plenty of talking-head interviews, but it never makes a compelling case for why we should care.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/11/2015

Few personal insights into McQueen’s obsessive attempt to recreate the famous 24-hour challenge on screen are provided by this study of the film’s conception.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 22/11/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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