Challengers

critic Reviews

, 89% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • With its trio of outstanding performers volleying their star power back and forth without ever dropping the ball, Challengers is a kinetic and sexy romp at court.
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    Annie BerkeThe New Republic
    Challengers hails the voyeuristic spectator at every turn: It’s a movie as much about watching as about performing, as much about scopophilia as exhibitionism.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    There are times you want to fight Challengers—to take its sliced-and-diced timeline and put everything in its proper order—but resistance is futile.
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    Adam KempenaarFilmspotting
    For all of its heat and copious amounts of kissing, there are no sex scenes – except that sweaty, ecstatic tennis match.
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    Sarah ManavisNew Statesman
    Challengers is much more than a sport movie... But it would be wrong to say that this story isn’t about what tennis does to normal people: the ways it binds them inextricably to one another.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is filmmaking turned up to 11 in a genre that doesn't usually get that drama.
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    Sergio Burstein Los Angeles Times
    “Challengers” could be accused of favoring style over content, but if so, it does so with a tremendous sense of taste. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Nestor BentancorNestor Cine Desde Hollywood
    The ball is round and the court rectangular, but this elevated melodrama is a magnetic Bermuda triangle. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    CJ SheuThe News Lens International
    Tashi’s beautiful, but the boys aren’t attracted to HER. What they want is to be near her greatness, to have it, to be great&#59; they don’t want to be in her, they want to BE HER.... No, the real source of sexual chemistry is between the boys.
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    Alejandro TurdoHoy Sale Cine
    Challengers puts together a rare mix of romance, comedy and dark humor, all channelled thru pulsating sensuality and repressed emotions. Everything you see gets resignified in the next scene and the three leads keep the tension high from beginning to end.
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    Sarah MarrsLainey Gossip
    But Challengers falls short of its own perverse tone, never pushing the envelope as far or hard as the script signals it wants to.
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