Challengers

critic Reviews

, 89% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • With its trio of outstanding performers volleying their star power back and forth without ever dropping the ball, Challengers is a kinetic and sexy romp at court.
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    Guadagnino knows how to make people very, very attractive. But that’s not the same as interesting.
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    Annie BerkeThe New Republic
    Challengers hails the voyeuristic spectator at every turn: It’s a movie as much about watching as about performing, as much about scopophilia as exhibitionism.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    There are times you want to fight Challengers—to take its sliced-and-diced timeline and put everything in its proper order—but resistance is futile.
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    Adam KempenaarFilmspotting
    For all of its heat and copious amounts of kissing, there are no sex scenes – except that sweaty, ecstatic tennis match.
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    Sarah ManavisNew Statesman
    Challengers is much more than a sport movie... But it would be wrong to say that this story isn’t about what tennis does to normal people: the ways it binds them inextricably to one another.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is filmmaking turned up to 11 in a genre that doesn't usually get that drama.
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    Danielle SolzmanSolzy at the Movies
    Challengers isn't so much a sports drama with romance in as much as it is a work of art.
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    Chuck BowenStyle Weekly (Richmond, VA)
    This movie is shrewd about male insecurity, including how men can bond over screwing one another over.
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    James Preston PooleDiscussing Film
    Challengers simply makes you feel alive.
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    Billie MelissaMen's Journal
    Kurtizkes understands the inherent animalistic drive behind desire, whether it be for love or ambition.There may not be a more successful attempt on screen in recent times to illustrate how there is and never will be a greater aphrodisiac than competition
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