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Borg Vs. McEnroe Reviews

August 31, 2018
McEnroe, Faraut asserts, was "a man who played on the edge of his senses." His film brings that home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 19, 2018
A psychological portrait of competition, friendship and a complicated, temperamental prodigy, whose outbursts and lack of self-control threaten to derail what promises to be a fruitful athletic career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 15, 2018
"Borg vs. McEnroe" is an anecdotally gratifying, psychologically nuanced, and dramatically agile character study of Borg, but, despite its extended depictions of a celebrated match, it's not a satisfying tennis movie at all.
April 13, 2018
It's about damn time somebody made a movie outta these guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2018
By the end, even the flaws become, if not entirely justifiable, then at least intelligible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 13, 2018
Danish documentarian Janus Metz-making his first feature, and working from a script by Ronnie Sandahl-feels the need to hold our hands and oversimplify these two titans of tennis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 13, 2018
Recreation of a classic 1980 tennis showdown at Wimbledon is helped by stellar acting - and gives its formerly tempestuous star Shia LaBeouf a perfect comeback role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2018
an indelible portrait of these men and their unlikely, ineffable and ultimately, deeply emotional bond.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
April 13, 2018
"Borg Vs. McEnroe" is a smart study of two athletes eclipsing each other in the prime of their careers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 12, 2018
Borg vs McEnroe underscores the inherent drama in sports movies, while tapping into a nostalgia factor for a moment when tennis produced storied rivalries and never felt bigger.
Top Critic
April 12, 2018
Smoothly crafted, satisfyingly earnest...
April 12, 2018
The movie's biggest revelation - at least it was a revelation to me - is just how alike these two men were beneath their outward personas.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 12, 2018
The film's main fault is how it drags between matches, but there's enough here that most hardcore tennis fans will find enough to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 12, 2018
LaBeouf is the best thing about the movie. He captures McEnroe's drive and his "Super Brat" side, which is easy enough for an actor of his skill, but also his pain, his need to please his father.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 12, 2018
One of "Borg vs. McEnroe's" strongest elements is the growing realization on both sides that each man mirrors the other.
April 12, 2018
It's a compelling story with much to recommend it: fascinating details about both men, plus an agonizingly close final game that will bring your heart into your throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2018
The film - which is nowhere near as interesting as LaBeouf's performance - is hopelessly reductive about its subjects' psychology even as it mocks the press of 1980 for being reductive about its subjects' psychology.
April 11, 2018
An engaging feature-length response to the trivia question "Who won the Wimbledon men's singles title in 1980?"
April 10, 2018
This fabulous, moody film isn't your typical jock flick where bitter rivals compete to a crowning, sweaty end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 22, 2017
Fails to turn its title characters into three-dimensional people, leaning into their public personas instead of sketching in the details that would make them feel genuine.
September 22, 2017
The final match is an absolute nail-biter, reminding tennis fans how electric this sport can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2017
What we're left with is a staid little movie that races around the court and rallies itself to exhaustion, a historical drama that enshrines the narrative underpinnings of all great sports stories without doing anything to upend them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 8, 2017
Game, set and almost a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
September 8, 2017
It's a sports movie for masochistic, vainglorious athletes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 7, 2017
Though it never justifies the overblown Andre Agassi quote used as its preface ("every match is a life in miniature"), the picture certainly shows how a single match can be made to feel like the world depends on it.
September 7, 2017
Playing tennis may not seem the best use of Shia LaBeouf's talents, but the star is terrific in a role that shrewdly plays off his controversial off-screen persona.
September 7, 2017
This tennis film feels like a two-hour baseline rally, and it's not just the rackets that are made of wood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5