Reactions to Naomi Osaka Documentary: A true story of how success doesn’t mean happiness

Naomi Osaka's documentary aired on Netflix on July 16 and drew a mixed bag of reviews, with words ranging from 'inspirational' to 'boring'.

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Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka’s Documentary is an intimate look inside the life of one of the most gifted and complex athletes of her generation.

“Unhappy through all of it”

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Netflix aired the documentary just weeks after Naomi was involved in the French Open controversy.

The series offers an insight into the tough decisions and ecstatic triumphs that shaped 23-year-old Naomi Osaka into a superstar.

The series is like any other documentary about celebrities nowadays. We begin with a high, watch them hit a low point and rise again. However, paying close attention to the narration would make you feel like Naomi in unhappy with anything and everything throughout the 110- minute docuseries which is really just a 110 minute movie divided into 3 episodes.

“To anyone that would know, they know me for being a tennis player,” she says. “So, like, what am I if I’m not a good tennis player,” she thinks to herself at one point.

The reactions to the Documentary so far has been a mixed bag.

Reviews ranged from inspirational to dull

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The Docuseries received a mixed bag of comments and reactions.

On the positive side of things were writers from the Guardian, the Hollywood Reporter and CNN. Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian lavished praise on the documentary, calling it a “a poignant, painful look at the life of the tennis wunderkind“. 

On the other hand, Jude Dry from IndieWire mentioned that even the most ardent of Osaka fans would have a tough time preventing themselves from yawning while watching the series. “The series turns an endless loop of Osaka’s daily grind into quite a dull endeavor”.

Social Media, however was more supportive of the series, calling it ‘beautiful’ , ‘touching’ and ‘inspirational’

The documentary also contains some emotional scenes, like those showcasing her connection to Kobe Bryant and how she feels she let him down.

Osaka would be keen on how the reviews come out over the next few days after having taken time off tennis to focus on her mental health. She also admitted to being “terrified” ahead of the release. The 23-year-old even claimed that she couldn’t “fight the feeling of wondering how it will be received”.

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Saharsh Narayan is a lifelong sports enthusiast for whom the difference between a sad day and an ecstatic one is the presence of Football, Cricket and Tennis. He is inspired deeply by Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal. You can have conversations with him about Sports and Supercars for hours and hours.