Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Liz Clarke
    May 9, 2013
    88
    The documentary also reveals the sisters’ almost symbiotic closeness. They live together most of the year, cook together, do karaoke together and joke about how difficult it would be if one chose to get married.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    May 9, 2013
    80
    This is a story as involving as you'd imagine it would be.
  3. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    May 16, 2013
    75
    The directors complied and made some trims, which helps explain why the film works better as a thrilling but superficial celebration of two incredible athletes instead of a personal portrait of two world-famous women who continue to make sports history.
  4. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    May 9, 2013
    75
    Venus and Serena wins points for sharing an intimate, not-always-flattering view of the sisters that isn’t PR-friendly.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    May 7, 2013
    75
    The fact that Serena, ranked number one again this year — the oldest woman (31) ever so ranked — means that their story isn’t over, and that if a skeptic wants to finally appreciate their historic impact on the game, he or she still has time to come around.
  6. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    May 9, 2013
    70
    Me, I wanted to know what these two remarkable young women will obsess about once the whole world has stopped watching, whether they will always be together — and what it would really feel like to be one of their much less famous siblings. We'll probably never know, except in someone else's future fiction feature.
  7. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    May 7, 2013
    70
    What Venus and Serena does extraordinarily well is capture the work ethic and undersung smarts of the sisters while taking viewers deep into their enviably close relationship.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 10, 2013
    67
    One of those documentaries that is more testimonial than investigation.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    May 8, 2013
    67
    What comes across most strongly is the genuine, overpowering love these two women have for each other, even when they’re in direct competition.
  10. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    May 9, 2013
    63
    This documentary, a love letter to their sisterly bond, gives a reasonably engaging look behind the scenes.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Jun 29, 2013
    60
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 10, 2013
    60
    Directors Maiken Baird and Michelle Major may have begun this documentary with the intention of profiling two of the most successful siblings in sports. But any reality TV viewer knows that bad behavior is always more compelling than likability. So this movie’s title becomes, perhaps to the filmmakers’ own surprise, a little misleading.
  13. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 9, 2013
    60
    Think of this movie as a greatest-hits package, with some good stuff to show but nothing very new to say.
  14. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 7, 2013
    60
    You’ll learn that karaoke is an effective rehab tool; that their dad, Richard, the film’s real hero, molded his daughters into fierce competitors; and that Venus and Serena actually do love each other. Anyone looking for deeper insights than that or into what really makes this twosome tick will find themselves at a real disadvantage.
  15. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    May 7, 2013
    50
    Opting for inspiration over insight, Venus and Serena is a starry-eyed pop documentary that cannot transcend its scattershot, for-fans-only filmmaking.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    7
    Interesting and entertaining though it is, this fairly standard documentary on the two extremely talented tennis players never really tells us much that we don't already know from other sources. Archive footage highlights their achievements and individual battles with illness through the years. Also explored is the relationships with their father Richard and each other. One over riding impression given by Serena is that she is actually quite bored. It's all fine and enjoyable, but only to a very iimited point. Full Review »