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King Richard (2021)

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Critic Consensus: King Richard transcends sport biopic formulas with refreshingly nuanced storytelling -- and a towering performance from Will Smith in the title role.

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Armed with a clear vision and a brazen 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to write his daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on Compton, California's neglected tennis courts--rain or shine--the girls are shaped by their father's unyielding commitment and their mother's balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them. Based on the true story that will inspire the world, "King Richard" follows the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering resolve and unconditional belief ultimately delivers two of the world's greatest sports legends.

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Smith is entertaining. His single-mindedness should make him a bore but he somehow retains his talent to amuse whatever else is on his mind.

January 13, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Featuring a towering performance from Will Smith in the title role, proving that a hero is not necessarily easy to root for.

December 28, 2021 | Full Review…

This is a dream role for Will Smith and he attacks it with gusto. Williams is a larger-than-life character who just happens to be real, and Smith embodies his underdog, combative, indefatigable spirit to perfection.

December 9, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

King Richard has a Will Smith problem. It is obviously meant to be award catnip for Smith and a cinematic crowning for Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena. And yet Smith's starring role may be the weakest part of the film.

November 24, 2021 | Full Review…

In this compelling, well-acted but conventionally told biopic about the unconventional dad of tennis icons Serena and Venus Williams, actor Will Smith makes another convincing bid to collect some acting trophies.

November 24, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Smith's work here is quite effective; he expresses Williams' temerity with an easygoing slyness that is seductive enough to (briefly) look past problematic questions of exploitation.

November 24, 2021 | Full Review…

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