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Battle of the Sexes

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning SDH AD

Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton

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About the Movie

The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 254
  • Fresh: 217
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Should be a grand slam right? Not quite. – April Wolfe, Village Voice, Dec 1, 2017

Rotten: About halfway through Battle of the Sexes, I found myself wishing I was watching a documentary rather than a feature film. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Sep 29, 2017

Fresh: Slick and fun, "Battle of the Sexes" is an ace. – Adam Graham, Detroit News, Sep 29, 2017

Fresh: It's 44 years later, but much of it is as relevant as ever. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sep 29, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Doesn’t matter

Emma and Steve will save this movie. Doesn’t matter what they show me. These actors are above everything

Fun, fun, fun till chauvinist takes the T-Bird away!

Surprise it's great story. Emma Stone never ceases to astound us, she's an actress for the times. Enjoy the entire landscape of the early 70's of which I at 76 enjoyed every moment of. What a time in history but let's don't go back, many people suffered through those growth pains as a nation.

Mislabled as a Comedy

Not a comedy, dark comedy, indie comedy or comedy of any kind. It is a movie for someone interested in that period or that event. I like Steve and the cast, but don't expect to laugh at any point during this movie. It was a bit sad.A bit depressing from the point of view of the characters. I think if someone told me this was "based on a true story" i would have said, fine and had no regrets watching it. But to call it a "comedy" is a travesty and a sham.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2017

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