On the Basis of Sex (2018)


Critic Consensus: On the Basis of Sex is nowhere near as groundbreaking as its real-life subject, but her extraordinary life makes a solid case for itself as an inspirational, well-acted biopic.

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The film tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. The feature will premiere in 2018 in line with Justice Ginsburg's 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.


Felicity Jones
as Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Armie Hammer
as Marty Ginsburg
Kathy Bates
as Dorothy Kenyon
Sam Waterston
as Erwin Griswold
Cailee Spaeny
as Jane Ginsburg
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

Its pace is a little slack, and sometimes it feels too predictably prepackaged. But Jones and Hammer keep the picture moving even through its shakier phases.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

A movie that floats on an atmosphere of admiration, but also one that solidly appreciates what it is like to be a pioneer for social change.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Though the film does play it safe, and falls to a formulaic narrative, the flaws are less within the film itself than in our expectation of what we want it to tell us.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…

With few modifications, "On the Basis of Sex" could have been made 30 years ago, and its rousing portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg would be a cheesy tearjerker with purpose. Today, it's out of touch.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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For those not blessed with such courageous figures, Ginsburg's story will be especially inspirational, making it relatively easy to forgive a few manipulative and melodramatic touches in the telling.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…
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The conventional connect-the-dots approach and less-than-ideal casting of the leading role keep the film from being something more than a proficient but ordinary account of an extraordinary career.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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