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474 Ratings

Battle of the Sexes

United Kingdom, United States, 2017
Biography, Comedy, Sport


Former tennis champ Bobby Riggs faces off against Billie Jean King in a highly-publicized exhibition match he calls ‘The Battle of the Sexes’.

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Battle of the Sexes Directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Battle of the Sexes" deals with bigger figures, a more overtly politicized world of gender, sexuality and power, but the imperfect messy individuals are foregrounded, and Jon and Val’s direction gives these characters cinematic space. Their camera finds them lost in moments that can’t be described or reduced to a plot point, their filmmaking honors the characters and events with ambiguity!
January 08, 2018
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A formulaic underdog story that retrofits fashionably woke contemporary sentiments into a 1970s setting, telling the story of a tennis match between ranked player Billie Jean King and ex-champ and flimflam man Bobby Riggs. If not for Emma Stone’s performance as King, the way she brings to flesh the pain of a woman wrestling with culturally indoctrinated neuroses, the film would be disposable and sunk by Steve Carell’s predictable hyperventilating as Riggs.
November 17, 2017
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Emma Stone plays Billie Jean King and she’s surprisingly good. I love Emma Stone but when I think “world-class athlete” I don’t think “Emma Stone.” But Stone gets the competitive jock vibe, the independence of this woman … her fearlessness at going up against an unfair system. Carell is excellent too, and the film really makes the case that he wasn’t a bad or evil guy. He was more of a PT Barnum type.
October 12, 2017
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