Battle of the Sexes : Critic Reviews

Metascore (46 reviews)
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Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter
Just about everything about this film is winning and gratifying.
Peter Debruge Variety
The outcome is widely known, but the backstory proves boisterously entertaining — and incredibly well-suited to the current climate, as King was both fighting for her gender and exploring her sexuality in 1973, when the widely publicized face-off happened.
Fionnuala Halligan Screen International
Served up with star turns from Emma Stone and Steve Carell, Battle Of The Sexes slams a crowdpleaser across the net.
Gregory Ellwood The Playlist
The conflicts are obviously real, but there is something about the tone that’s just off through most of the picture.
Jordan Ruimy The Film Stage
Although it may be lacking originality, Battle of the Sexes is finely-tuned storytelling that has been consummated by real pros.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky The A.V. Club
Though told in broad strokes, its version of the story deserves credit for never buying into the hype and surreal pageantry of the Astrodome showdown. But its lack of interest in tennis as a sport leaves the narrative—plastered with hot-button issues and character crises—with an empty center.
Brian Tallerico
It’s not a “bad” film, but Billie Jean King’s story could have been so much deeper. It’s a movie that doesn’t hit nearly as hard as she did.
Benjamin Lee The Guardian
It’s a decent tennis movie, solidly told and choreographed, but it’s in the film’s depiction of a same-sex romance between King and her hairdresser, played beautifully by Andrea Riseborough, where things truly comes alive.
David Ehrlich Indiewire
This is a film that admires — even awes at — Billie Jean King, but it doesn’t share her commitment to the game. If anything, it has more in common with Riggs than it should, moving with the sluggishness of a player who underestimates their opponent.
Christopher Gray Slant Magazine
Battle of the Sexes sacrifices some of its innate appeal by making ham out of the supposed relics of a less enlightened era.

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