(2009)

Critic Reviews

78

Metascore

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90
The New York Times
One of the rare documentaries you leave wishing it was a little bit longer.
85
Slick without feeling over-determined, Racing Dreams evokes -- just as, oddly enough, "Toy Story 3" does -- the more general feeling of childhood on the precipice.
80
Los Angeles Times
The film doesn't always follow up on its more interesting issues: safety, technique, financial hardship, even the sport's history. But the emotional dynamics of its trio of formative hopefuls, and their touching relationships with the parents or guardians who work hard at enabling their passion, set a solid pace.
80
Variety
The perceptively balanced "Dreams" transitions seamlessly from domestic drama to 70-mph heats.
80
The perfect answer to cries of "I'm bored," Marshall Curry's outstanding documentary won't just entertain your family for a little while. It'll also inspire everyone to get back outside, and find a new passion.
80
No less than for the black inner-city teens of "Hoop Dreams," cash is the name of the game in Curry's fascinating doc, even as the kids' motivation remains a pure love of the sport.
75
It's a darned entertaining way to get a handle on a sport that can seem like a bunch of cars doing circles for a crowd that seems most interested in seeing that next epic wreck.
75
It can get a bit redundant but always remains interesting, as young lives take shape on an asphalt oval.
60
Time Out New York
Poised between childhood and adolescence, arrogance and insecurity, the kids still make for compelling subjects.
60
Curry also emphasizes the human drama of the kid drivers who face their own distinct challenges and setbacks in order to become champions.

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