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Battle of the Sexes Reviews

September 25, 2017
Stone and Carell both give big, winning movie-star performances, even if they can't quite be said to disappear into their roles.
September 25, 2017
If Battle of the Sexes is unsurprising to a fault, it's by no means a double fault. The movie is very entertaining.
Top Critic
September 23, 2017
There are more artistically inspired versions of the "Battle of the Sexes" story, but in art, like in tennis, the moment dictates the shot; this moment called for a crisp forehand smash, and "Battle of the Sexes" delivered.
September 22, 2017
An exhilarating movie propelled by two mesmerizing star performances-Emma Stone and Steve Carell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2017
Carell's cartoonish antics are funny enough, but the two women are the tale's real champions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 22, 2017
By attempting to use the sports world as a lens through which to view the social-sexual currents of its time, the filmmakers turn "Battle of the Sexes" into a barely muted rallying cry for equality in our own time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 22, 2017
Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets. Emma Stone and Steve Carell's recreation of the media circus that was the '73 King-Riggs tennis match couldn't be more relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2017
Handsome and moving if a bit cautious, Battle is full of smart complexities and sensational acting.
September 21, 2017
Even if you've Googled the outcome, or are old enough to remember watching it on television, the film's reenactment of the battle and the bluster makes for entertaining and at times riveting viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2017
It's a feel-good film with a somewhat curdled legacy: You could clip just about any piece of sexist dialogue here, label it 2017 and pass it off as plausible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2017
It deserves to be said that Mr. Carell is both a bona-fide movie star and a marvelous actor, two things that don't always go together.
Top Critic
September 21, 2017
King's ambivalence and reluctance, and her understanding that the position she found herself in as an advocate had the capacity to paint her into a corner, are the best parts of the new film.
September 21, 2017
It hardly matters that the match itself doesn't look like much. The symbolic power of what happened there - one small step, one giant leap for womankind - is still the movie's truest ace.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 21, 2017
Emma Stone does the best work of her career. Her Billie Jean King is a champion on multiple levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 21, 2017
Under an entertaining story of two high-profile people who came to represent social upheaval on a tennis court, the Battle of the Sexes is also a timely reminder of the backsliding currently going on in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 21, 2017
In its focus on King, it's ... a compelling internal story, demonstrating that athletic achievement is not only a matter of physical gifts. At the highest levels, where the pressure is greatest, it really comes down to character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 21, 2017
It was personal and it was political, which "Battle of the Sexes" gets. It was also entertainment, which is where the movie really excels.
September 21, 2017
"Battle" is most involving when it deals not with sports or society but the personal struggles both players, especially King, were going through in the run-up to the match.
September 21, 2017
It's easy to say, "You've come a long way, baby." Here's someone who walked, or sprinted, every mile.
September 21, 2017
A warm, earnestly entertaining film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2017
Stone won an Academy Award for "La La Land," but she's better here, probably the best she's ever been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 21, 2017
The movie is both fun and a mild disappointment ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 21, 2017
A winning combination of sports movie and civil rights story, with ace performances from Stone and Carell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 20, 2017
A fairly standard, if unexceptional film that has two major things going for it: Emma Stone and timeliness.
September 20, 2017
While Battle of the Sexes is a reminder of the gender issues still plaguing us, it wholeheartedly embraces the equality of its two excellent leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 18, 2017
A film based on a true story should have three things - strong characters, fierce conflict and a fresh angle. "Battle of the Sexes" serves up all of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2017
The steady procession of setups and payoffs can feel suspiciously pat. Yet the new movie holds more surprises.
September 12, 2017
There's a better version of Battle of the Sexes that focuses even more fully on King, villainizing Riggs and his grotesque culture of sexism in a way this movie disappointingly seems scared to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 11, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 11, 2017
Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton move beyond the ready-made charisma of the serve-and-volley shenanigans to offer a contextualized portrait of the closet-lesbian King and her fight against sexism and the social mores of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 5, 2017
This is a film that admires - even awes at - Billie Jean King, but it doesn't share her commitment to the game.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 3, 2017
It's game, set and match for Battle of the Sexes, a massively entertaining account of the momentous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs that also deftly deals with the numerous social issues inherent in the carnival-like contest.
September 3, 2017
Frankly, it's surprising just how many facets of this story there are to explore, and "Battle of the Sexes" does so in such a way that should appeal to both audiences old enough to remember and those curious to know more.