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On the Basis of Sex Reviews

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February 21, 2019
Directed by Mimi Leder to the highest TV-movie standards, this prequel to the obsequious 2018 documentary RBG will appeal to all purchasers of the grovelling 2015 biography, Notorious RBG.
February 9, 2019
Though well intentioned, On the Basis of Sex is not likely to plant the seed of determination in the next RBG.
January 18, 2019
A great performance can't elevate an otherwise boilerplate biopic.
January 29, 2019
'On the Basis of Sex' failed to find and use the fortitude of its subject, rather relying on the convention of "humble beginnings" and sucked all the air out of its own story.
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
March 12, 2019
Instead, On The Basis Of Sex is a formulaic biopic which is clearly endorsed because the real Ruth Bader Ginsberg turns up a the end.
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.
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