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On the Basis of Sex Reviews

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January 18, 2019
A great performance can't elevate an otherwise boilerplate biopic.
January 3, 2019
For all the trust director Mimi Leder places in the audience to digest the legal fireworks, every other aspect of RBG's life is treated broadly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 4, 2019
A cookie-cutter, rubber-stamped exercise that really does nothing to shed any light into the life of Ginsburg.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 14, 2019
A middling, unexceptional biopic of Ginsburg that drives home equality for all under the law, but with a lack of relentlessness or passion that Ginsburg has been known for.
January 8, 2019
Leder approaches a quiet biography as though it's a disaster flick, complete with ... an overwrought focus on family dynamics as motivation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
December 21, 2018
On the Basis of Sex is completely comfortable being the biopic you would expect it to be and has no interest in providing even the slightest bit of excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 20, 2018
This is a pure popcorn, and I'd advise you see the excellent doc RBG instead.
January 4, 2019
This glossy, non-threatening version of history makes what should be inspiring into a dull, unengaging tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 4, 2019
For a woman so tough...this movie about her is quite plain Jane...it unravels without much gumption, and doesn't quite do Ruth Bader Ginsburg...justice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 30, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 23, 2018
Lots and lots of us love Ginsburg and we didn't need two different puff pieces about her this year to make us feel good about that.
January 14, 2019
Call this the fast-food version of her life ... and expect little in the way of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 24, 2018
On the Basis of Sex is--at best--a conventional biopic that condenses a long period of time into a two hour film.
January 4, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 20, 2018
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.
December 22, 2018
I just wish that the movie had taken a more unconventional approach to the story of this still-unconventional woman.
December 19, 2018
By joining the Cult of Ruth, it doesn't make the main character into the complex, compelling person she surely is. Here, Ginsburg is just an idea, a symbol - a meme.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 11, 2019
The timing makes good marketing sense, but did the movie have to be such a bore?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 4, 2019
What the film's real failing amounts to is any lack of interest in Ginsburg's true superpower: Her inhuman, sleepless drive to do the work.
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