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For On the Basis of Sex, which shrinks in the shadow of the successful documentary RBG from last spring, missing details and character motivations become crucial missteps in a film that is still probably guaranteed to be an inspirational crowdpleaser.
There's a rosiness here that feels akin to recent socio-political celebrations on film, such as The Post and Hidden Figures, but then this film doesn't always find a way to ground itself amidst its good feels.
Plays it as safe as possible and misses an opportunity to package Ginsburg's six decades of influence on the courts into an absorbing two-hour history lesson for mainstream audiences who only know her as the "Notorious RBG" or as a viral meme.
Ginsburg is framed in the same manner as Hawking was-with a plucky, wide-eyed enthusiasm that makes everyone else in the movie smirk at her, until they are won over by the sheer force of her brilliance. In other words, it's patronizing.