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  • Summary: Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they've provoked strong reactions - from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. They've been winning championships for over a decade, pushing the limits of longevity in such a demanding sport. How long can they last? In Venus & Serena, we gain unprecedented access into their lives during the most intimidating year of their career. Over the course of 2011, Venus grappled with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease while Serena battled back from a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Neither Venus nor Serena let their adversities hold them back. They drew their greatest strength from each other. [Magnolia Pictures] Collapse
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  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: 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 10, 2013
    67
    One of those documentaries that is more testimonial than investigation.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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. Expand

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