2 hours 24 minutes | Rated M (Violence & offensive language)
Venus, Serena and a plan for greatness.
Based on the true story that will inspire the world, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “King Richard” follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever. Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness, Bad Boys for Life) stars as Richard, under the direction of Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men).
Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons. The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.
Featuring a towering performance from Will Smith in the title role, proving that a hero is not necessarily easy to root for. Us Weekly
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. Baltimore Magazine
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. San Jose Mercury News
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. Austin Chronicle
It’s a welcome addition to the biopic genre, buoyed by a career-defining performance from Will Smith. Chicago Reader