Battle of the Sexes

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Battle of the Sexes turns real-life events into a crowd-pleasing, well-acted dramedy that ably entertains while smartly serving up a volley of present-day parallels.

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The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.

Cast & Crew

Emma Stone
Billie Jean King
Steve Carell
Bobby Riggs
Andrea Riseborough
Marilyn Barnett
Natalie Morales
Rosie Casals
Sarah Silverman
Gladys Heldman
Bill Pullman
Jack Kramer
Alan Cumming
Cuthbert "Ted" Tinling
Elisabeth Shue
Priscilla Riggs
Fred Armisen
Rheo Blair
Simon Beaufoy
Screenwriter
Linus Sandgren
Cinematographer
Pamela Martin
Film Editor
Nicholas Britell
Original Music
Judy Becker
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Critic Reviews for Battle of the Sexes

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  • Nov 17, 2019
    Well cast film suffers from being too safe. The is inspiring and showcases the lack of progression since this tennis match was played. Stone is strong and Carrell is well cast in a more supporting role, adding some extra depth. I don't believe the film captured the era or the characters motivations clearly. This is more a Disney feel good film when it should've been primarily focused on Billie Jean King's internal and external struggles, it's more hinted at, not focused. I liked the film, but it deserved to be much better. This was a film deserving a larger canvas and audience, but it failed to ignite at the box office. I would actually be surprised if many people knew about this film. Certain films have the luxury of streaming to the world directly, but Battle of the Sexes chose an alternative distribution model, this was not the right choice. This should've been released via streaming to ensure it had legs. Sadly this film went ignored and has vanished in a market it should've flourished within. 16/11/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2018
    A well acted and written depiction of a real life sports event. Stone and Carell own their roles and Carell makes an unlikable man, sympathetic . It's hard to believe how closed minded we were back then and how far we have come. Also, good are Silverman, Riseborough, Shue and Bill Pullman. A definite movie worth watching. 09/02/2018
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2018
    A rather mediocre biopic, Battle of the Sexes is unfocused and doesn't know what story it's telling half the time. Though it presents itself as the telling of the 1973 tennis match between women's champion Billie Jean King and retired men's champion Bobby Riggs, it turns out to be a guise to tell a lesbian romance story. Both Emma Stone and Steve Carell give strong performances and are backed by a solid supporting cast that includes Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, and Elisabeth Shue. But the writing is extremely heavy handed. There's no subtlety to the women's equality message, and even less to the gay rights one. Unfortunately Battle of the Sexes doesn't give this groundbreaking sports event its due, and instead pads the film with unnecessarily scenes and subplots to make political statements about women's equality and gay rights.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2018
    So surprised to be excited watching a movie about tennis! This was great. Emma is outstanding as always. Movie to make you annoyed and inspired all at the same time. Margaret Court really wasn’t any better in her younger years either.
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