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'Venus and Serena' has fascinating then-and-now footage

The documentary is more testimonial than investigation, but seeing the tennis champions at a young age is enjoyable.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / May 10, 2013

Venus (l.) and Serena (r.) Williams of the U.S. talk before their ladies doubles match at Wimbledon.

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“Venus and Serena,” directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, is one of those documentaries that is more testimonial than investigation.

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But since its subjects, tennis champions and sisters Venus and Serena Williams, have been in the limelight since they were preteen phenomenons, the movie offers up much fascinating then-and-now footage. When the 11-year-old Venus talks about wanting to win Wimbledon or the US Open, her broad smile matches our own. Grade: B- (Rated PG-13 for some strong language.)


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