The Battle Of The Sexes
The Battle Of The Sexes (2013)

A documentary examining the 1973 Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King tennis showdown spotlighting its importance on the women's movement.

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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A smart, gripping and enormously enjoyable parable.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

Anyone watching Wimbledon will only have their enjoyment of the game enhanced by this vibrant history lesson. Game, set and match.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

A lot of the material is reused, and the timeline of events overlaps with itself on a number of occasions, which smacks of a dearth of material for a film which barely runs to 80 minutes.

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Tom Clift
Concrete Playground

Has much more to do with politics and personality than it does with hitting a ball over a net.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

A witty, inspiring documentary that charts Billie Jean King's drive to put women's tennis on the map.

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Andrew Pulver
Guardian

A fascinating excavation of a crossover sports/pop culture moment from the early 70s - the novelty tennis match between Billie Jean King and 55-year-old Bobby Riggs.

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Total Film

As fascinating as it is to relive, James Erskine's documentary struggles to make the episode a metaphor for sexism in society - an issue too big to be boiled down to one gender-politics sideshow.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

It is a great story, deftly told and a wonderful testament to what an inspirational figure Billie Jean King has been.

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

A hugely entertaining documentary that tells a colourful, fascinating story and makes a series of resonant points about equal rights.

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