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On the Basis of Sex Reviews

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January 18, 2019
The spirit of Ruth Bader Ginsburg shines through and overpowers the passionless script and weak performance of the lead actress. Justin Theroux owns the screen working again with director Mimi Leder - a groundbreaking force in her own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 6
January 16, 2019
The result is an educational but superficial-feeling portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 16, 2019
It's a nice enough movie, well-acted with a fascinating subject, but it isn't much more than that - the kind of pretty good film that you expected to be a bit better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 16, 2019
On The Basis of Sex is well-acted and thoughtful. Dutiful, you might say.
January 15, 2019
Jones gets the solemnity right, and the drive and dedication, but little else.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 14, 2019
Glass-shaterring figure Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't get nicknamed 'Notorious RBG' overnight. On the Basis of Sex is one poignant, remarkable story on how it all began. Full of fascinating insights, it is trailblazingly engaging and inspiring.
January 13, 2019
Though not perfectly told, the story cannot help but leave you feeling a sense of inspiration and admiration for Ruth Bader Ginsburg...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 12, 2019
The film itself may be conventional but it's also captivating, and it culminates with a courtroom showdown that offers instant satisfaction yet also doesn't erase subsequent history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2019
If I had to sum up Ginsberg's contributions in a sentence, if you're female and breathing in America, you owe her big time.
January 11, 2019
[It's] a truly beguiling and inspirational biopic of the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 11, 2019
Although On the Basis of Sex sticks too closely to the standard conventions of fact-based underdog movies, [Director Mimi] Leder's storytelling has vibrancy that keeps the biopic from feeling dutiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2019
Simply a solid and serviceable biopic, but not really anything special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 11, 2019
While Daniel Stiepleman's screenplay fudges the facts here and there to amp up the drama, enough of the real woman shines through in Felicity Jones' fiery performance to make it a satisfying, if formulaic film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2019
A standout film with exceptional performances to re-create a time in history that determined the future of women not only today, but tomorrow as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 11, 2019
Because the script was written by her nephew Daniel Stiepleman and blessed by Ginsburg, it offers an especially sweet and intimate glimpse into her marriage to her college sweetheart, Marty.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 11, 2019
An admiring,if soberly simplified historical biography that doesn't do RBG justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 11, 2019
[Its convention never] detracts from the film's purpose of getting its message out about how important a figure Ginsburg is to America's hope for real egalitarianism.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 11, 2019
A fascinating, well crafted, accurate bio-drama about the early life-personal and professional-of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 10, 2019
Jones, seeming to realize that she is depicting an American icon, portrays her with dignity but not as a clay idol.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 10, 2019
Jones nails Ginsburg's quiet tenacity and steely resolve as On the Basis of Sex charts her rising career from Harvard Law School in 1956.
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