Based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough, the film is the ultimate wish fulfillment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional racecar driver.
- “Gran Turismo is satisfyingly simple, its ensemble an embodiment of well-worn tropes: the underdog, the jaded coach, the parents who struggle to accept their wunderkind son’s dreams.” – Shirley Li (The Atlantic)
- “Mardenborough's story is remarkable, and it is extremely well told here. Even viewers who don't like video games will want to break out the champagne for "Gran Turismo.” The film is a winner." – Gary M. Kramer (Salon.com)
- “The lanky Madekwe is an appealing hero, one might say an avatar for us in the audience. And director Neil Blomkamp does a terrific job of making Jann’s time at the console seem “real” and the real racetrack align with the sim.” – Nell Minow (Movie Mom)
- “The film is at least one argument against parents who yell at their children that all that time spent playing video games won't lead to anything in the real world.” – Adam Graham (Detroit News)