On the Basis of Sex Reviews

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February 28, 2019
Taking its cue from Ruth, On the Basis of Sex includes everyone in the equation. Mothers - and fathers! - should take their brainy kids to see it.
February 20, 2019
Subtlety isn't this movie's strong suit and it's often needlessly chary about drawing the parallel between sexism and racism. But it's got a worthwhile story to tell.
February 20, 2019
A paint-by-numbers portrait of an American icon.
January 9, 2019
The formulaic film doesn't carry enough heft for consideration as a must-see Oscar contender.
January 4, 2019
As a trailblazing figure, Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserves a knockout biopic about her life. Instead she gets... a serviceable, but by no means extraordinary origin story of a pre-Supreme Court RBG as she begins to shape her legacy.
January 4, 2019
We are invited by the filmmakers to regard Ginsburg as a saint in the making who also happens to be a real person. It's the kind of "tribute" that is actually a disservice because it flattens out a complex human being.
December 28, 2018
A rather broad biopic, but it beautifully argues the importance of Ginsburg's work - prior to the Supreme Court - and is a lovely tribute to the woman who would become the Notorious RBG.
December 28, 2018
Mostly the film, directed by Mimi Leder, takes its cues not from real life but from film clichés.
December 27, 2018
"On the Basis of Sex" is dutiful Classics Illustrated filmmaking, with the villains easy to spot, the goal distant but obtainable, and an 11th-hour speech that just may save the day.
December 26, 2018
Well-intentioned and occasionally inspirational but mostly flat and safe and cliché-riddled "origins story" about Ginsburg's nascent career.
December 26, 2018
Worth seeing, not only as a tribute to the jurist nicknamed "Notorious RBG" but for the welcome context that it provides... As a drama, though, the film is just a bit too thin to warrant much more than ending up on the favorable side of a split decision.
December 26, 2018
If it pleases the court, I'd argue that there's one big problem with this honorable attempt to tell us who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is: There's too much material. RBG's life is not a movie; it's a miniseries.
December 26, 2018
For Bader Ginsburg's many devoted fans, this glowing tribute may be just the ticket.
December 26, 2018
As filmmaking, it's clunky, but as fan service, it's more effective.
Top Critic
December 26, 2018
Leder's approach to the story of a genuinely remarkable woman is genuinely, remarkably ... conventional.
December 25, 2018
Call it "The Notorious RBG: The Early Years" as a terrific Felicity Jones finds the fire and fury in the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she takes on her lifelong battle against gender discrimination.
December 24, 2018
Historical narratives are best when they pique curiosity as well as satisfy it, and this one is too conscientious to proclaim its own comprehensiveness.
December 24, 2018
While the structure occasionally feels a bit awkward, "On the Basis of Sex" has the kind of crowd-pleasing story that skims over any minor shortcomings; by its end, you're ready to cheer.
December 24, 2018
It has a serviceable, conventional approach that summarizes the extraordinary achievements of a remarkable woman...
Top Critic
December 24, 2018
I raise a glass to any movie about her, no matter how they tell her story. Long may she reign.
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