King Richard

critic Reviews

, 90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Soraya Nadia McDonaldThe Undefeated
    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.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    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.
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    Josh KupeckiAustin Chronicle
    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.
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    Noëlle D. LilleyChicago Reader
    It's a welcome addition to the biopic genre, buoyed by a career-defining performance from Will Smith.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    King Richard spotlights the work to make a dream come true...and yes, I've seen it twice...
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    Scott TobiasNew York Times
    The conventions of the inspirational sports drama are too formidable an opponent to defeat.
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    Ciara WardlowPajiba
    King Richard is a familiar tale of two sports heroines given an exciting new spin, and a welcome return to form for Will Smith.
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    Rob GonsalveseFilmCritic.com
    All the familiar beats are there, the advances and seeming setbacks, leading up to the big game with the whole universe hanging on it, and ... well, you've seen sports films before. But maybe you haven't seen Richard before.
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    Brandon AveryJust My Opinion Reviews
    Will Smith gives the Best performance I've seen all year! If he wins Best actor, he deserves it!
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    Neil MorrisChatham News + Record (NC)
    "King Richard's" overarching theme is that the ends justify his means. However, that's where the film and its perspective grow more complicated.
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