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Venus And Serena Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2014
This documentary shows that the Williams sisters have always been judged by a different standard than everyone else, except in terms of wins and losses. It is the Williams family against the world, and they like it that way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kimber Myers
The Playlist
August 13, 2013
They've made the sport more interesting, both as black athletes and as women...we left Venus and Serena inspired us to get out in the sun and get moving. And call our siblings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve O'Brien
Total Film
July 2, 2013
It doesn't quite get inside their heads, but it's brimming with vigour - rather like the girls themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
June 28, 2013
They're perfect American drama queens. All that's missing is a last act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Catherine Bray
Time Out
June 25, 2013
An amiable enough overview, with the occasional 'say what?' moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alissa Simon
Variety
May 15, 2013
An engaging, warts-and-all look at the Williams sisters.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
May 11, 2013
Revealing biopic examines roots and rise of world-class Williams sisters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Levin
amNewYork
May 10, 2013
Less hagiography than a movie about an unusual, fascinating bond between sisters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 10, 2013
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 10, 2013
The movie offers up much fascinating then-and-now footage.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
May 10, 2013
Documentary about the phenomenal tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams sees them as women as well as phenomenon.
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Liz Clarke
Washington Post
May 10, 2013
An insightful look into the remarkable rise of the tennis-playing Williams sisters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
May 10, 2013
Any tennis fan interested in a straight-up account of what makes these fiercely talented players tick ... will find much to enjoy in "Venus and Serena."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 9, 2013
Think of this movie as a greatest-hits package, with some good stuff to show but nothing very new to say.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 9, 2013
What is clear, over and above everything else, is that these women, who are often in need of a best friend, have it in each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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May 9, 2013
Lively if slightly worshipful ...
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 9, 2013
The filmmakers remain admirably unbiased, a rarity in biographical documentaries. They neither worship nor vilify their subject, but allow her to define herself on her own unapologetically complex terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 9, 2013
Through it all, there remains, not sibling rivalry, but a rare closeness, unselfish mutual boosterism and enviable love.
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
May 9, 2013
Devoted, protective and domineering, Richard Williams all but steals the film, his personality dimmed not a whit since the days he learned tennis from a book so he could teach his young daughters on the public courts of Compton, California.
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