8/10? For a sports movie? Ah, this is so much more than a sports movie. With very credible performances by Emma Stone and Steve Carell this is a story of awakening and revolution.
With a good balance of back story and character we seem to find out a lot about the events that prompt the ‘battle of the sexes’.
The action on court is neatly done. And the action off court gives an insight into the characters that my last tennis flick did an unbalanced job of. With this movie I felt that I saw real people dealing with their day to day problems as well as the macro-problems of the age. Sure, some of the characters are super-villain-like (for example, the USLTA chairman) but that puts the emphasis on Stone and Carell and their close characters to show us more depth. And they do that really well.
If you can tolerate the tennis then this is a great character movie showing the weird world of the 70s.