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Battle of the Sexes (12A)

Biography, Comedy, Drama

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

The critical consensus

Stone and Carell ace it in this smart biopic, stylishly recreating the champ-vs-clown clash of the tennis titans that electrified ’70s America.

****(*)Kate Stables, Total Film, 19/11/2017

A fascinating story, rendered in broad, middlebrow strokes.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 22/11/2017

A playful look at gender inequality on and off the court.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 22/11/2017

A light, funny, blissfully entertaining flick about heavy, sadly still relevant themes.

****(*)Liz Beardsworth, Empire Online, 23/11/2017

Battle of the Sexes has the honour of being the first great film about tennis, but it’s also a joyous celebration of an important moment of progress that needs to be remembered – now more than ever.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 23/11/2017

A seductively enjoyable, smart and well-acted film.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 23/11/2017

The glib screenplay is often thumpingly obvious but this is an entertaining crowd-pleaser.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 24/11/2017

Emma Stone and Steve Carell transport us back to 1973’s famous tennis showdown between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 26/11/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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