Venus and Serena

Venus and Serena

Venus and Serena

Documentary biography on the sister-act tennis stars. In a sport where they were not welcomed, the indomitable Williams sisters broke new ground for female and African American athletes as well as dominating the women's game for over a decade. Covers their childhood and the great influence of their parents on their career.

2012Rating: M, Offensive language99 minsUSA
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Venus and Serena / Reviews

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

A starry-eyed pop doc that cannot transcend its scattershot, for-fans-only filmmaking.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

The film works best as a primer, as it would take a miniseries to do justice to all that the sisters have accomplished...

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

(Directors Baird and Major) serve up a compromised conventional hagiography, more or less shrugging off the bad times.

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NPR

NPR

The lively if slightly worshipful new documentary Venus and Serena breaks little new ground...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Venus and Serena... successfully reveals these private faces in a fascinating if occasionally disjointed way.

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New York Post

New York Post

A reasonably engaging look behind the scenes.

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Variety

Variety

An engaging, warts-and-all look at the Williams sisters.

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Total Film

Total Film

It doesn't quite get inside their heads, but it's brimming with vigour - rather like the girls themselves.

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Time Out

Time Out

Once Venus and Serena flips through the duo's collection of greatest hits and hissy fits, it settles into a groove of lip service from famous people ...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Think of this movie as a greatest-hits package, with some good stuff to show but nothing very new to say.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The sisters themselves reveal a little, mostly because of Serena's unguarded imperiousness; but as a study of sports supercelebrity it's a tad subdued.

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