Venus and Serena


Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

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  1. Reviewed by: Liz Clarke
    May 9, 2013
    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
    This is a story as involving as you'd imagine it would be.
  3. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    May 16, 2013
    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
    Venus and Serena wins points for sharing an intimate, not-always-flattering view of the sisters that isn’t PR-friendly.
  5. 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
    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
    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
    One of those documentaries that is more testimonial than investigation.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    May 8, 2013
    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
    This documentary, a love letter to their sisterly bond, gives a reasonably engaging look behind the scenes.
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  1. Nov 5, 2013
    Interesting and entertaining though it is, this fairly standard documentary on the two extremely talented tennis players never really tells usInteresting 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 »