Battle of the Sexes (2017)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Battle of the Sexes
Stone gives her best performance since she first exploded as a fully formed generational talent in 2010's Easy A.
Watching male chauvinism get a drubbing will never not be good cinematic sport, and Battle of the Sexes gives us ringside seats.
A seductively enjoyable, smart and well-acted film ...
In a performance tinged with comedy and pathos, Carrell captures Riggs's sleaziness, his chutzpah and his childlike quality.
Carell, terrific and a little horrific, gets him exactly. He wins the film, though we won't reveal the match outcome.
Audience Reviews for Battle of the Sexes
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.
Emma Stone and Steve Carell are great in a solid biopic that may be relatively conventional and obviously predictable but manages to build tension until the final match, even if it has its own share of casual sexism that is almost outrageous in a film that is supposed to be feminist.
Interestingly one of the more engaging aspects of this work is how the surrounding circus works to draw the main participants into the drama more so than they themselves might've wished. Based on a true story (unfortunately still true today, some 40 years later!) what begins as a sort've of joke becomes real the closer to game time. It's the women against the men, off and on the court as it were. The stars real work comes when their portrayal goes into the real life of the main characters, and both do their jobs more than adequately. Not a boring time at the old flickers.
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