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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 70
    Ella Taylor NPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    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. show more

  • 63
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    This documentary, a love letter to their sisterly bond, gives a reasonably engaging look behind the scenes. show more

  • 50
    Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine

    Opting for inspiration over insight, Venus and Serena is a starry-eyed pop documentary that cannot transcend its scattershot, for-fans-only filmmaking. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 60
    Andrew Pulver The Guardian

    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. show more

  • 75
    Kimber Myers The Playlist

    Venus and Serena wins points for sharing an intimate, not-always-flattering view of the sisters that isn’t PR-friendly. show more

  • 80
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    This is a story as involving as you'd imagine it would be. show more

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