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Venus And Serena (2013)



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Venus and Serena takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen. In a sport where they were not welcomed, the indomitable Williams sisters faced the opposition with grace and courage not only breaking new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, but dominating the women's game for over a decade. The film tells the inspiring story of how these two women, against all odds, but with the help of visionary parents, made it to the top. Venus and Serena also explores the struggle of these two aging superstars during the 2011 tennis season as they battle life and career-threatening health problems. In Venus and Serena we gain unprecedented access into the sisters' lives - both in the spotlight and behind closed doors - and we watch as they draw their greatest strengths from one another to overcome countless adversities. (c) Magnolia Pictures

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (17)

An amiable enough overview, with the occasional 'say what?' moment.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
Time Out
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Does the film pull back the curtain on who they are and what drives them? Not so much.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Boston Globe
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How much new does Venus and Serena have to tell us? Not enough.

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An engaging, warts-and-all look at the Williams sisters.

Full Review… | May 15, 2013
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The film works better as a thrilling but superficial celebration of two incredible athletes instead of a personal portrait of two world-famous women who continue to make sports history.

Full Review… | May 15, 2013
Miami Herald
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Fans probably won't learn much they don't already know, but the film covers enough ground to feel like the movie equivalent of one of those lengthy, in-depth articles you used to get in the magazine of your Sunday newspaper.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
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One of the best sports documentaries I have seen in the past few years. The story behind Venus and Serena is so unbelievable that it translates into an amazing film!

Jim Larrison
Jim Larrison

It's hardly any kind of documenting masterpiece, but as a fan of the Williams sisters and as a tennis fan, I thought this was both informative and entertaining. I was rarely ever bored, and the documentary kept up a great pace, switching between their initial training and the challenges they have been facing recently. I wish there had been more footage and time dedicated to their teenage years, but regardless, it's still a balanced and highly entertaining documentary that any tennis player should watch.

Alex Mazzeo
Alex Mazzeo

Venus and Serena is a thorough documentary on the two Williams sisters who have changed the face, image and sport of tennis forever (plus some). The first-time directing duo, Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, wisely decide against focusing their film on just one sole facet of the divinely talented sisters' lives or careers on the court(s) -- be that (1) the sheer number of un-matched wins throughout their careers; (2) their visionary and unorthodox father-slash-coach, Richard Williams, who had decided one day long ago that his two daughters were going to play tennis (unbeknownst to the girls); or (3) the girls' rise to the unlikely ranks of world champions in a predominately country club sport that was rather unwelcoming to two young African American girls from Compton. The viewer is reminded of many of the two sisters' accomplishments ranging from early wins at clubs or school events to their high profile victories at prestigious international ones such as Wimbledon, the summer Olympic Games (from 2000 to 2012!), and the British and the Australian Opens. The documentary was partially filmed during the 2011 tennis season which was a year neither athlete was at the top of her game as they are both aging -- for the most part, the grueling sport of tennis is a younger person's game although the sisters are still feared by nearly everybody facing them on the opposite side of a net -- and both had possible career-threatening health problems. But as all have learned who have faced off against one of the Williams sisters, they should NEVER be counted out. The sisters are remarkable athletes and their accomplishments are awe-inspiring and many ... which in turn makes a simply ordinary documentary -- which is perfectly fine, though -- seem slightly inadequate.

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

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