Red Joan Reviews

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May 3, 2019
This period drama is stuffy and slow, told in a clumsy way to justify Dench's casting and presence, and is still a waste of her time.
May 2, 2019
Although the story sounds fascinating - subterfuge! centrifuge! pinkos! - the film is cold fusion.
May 1, 2019
Dench, in her limited screen time, gives us tantalizing hints of who this weary-looking woman, slumped by the weight of secrets, might be.
April 25, 2019
...most of Dame Judi's scenes are quick and a criminal waste of her talent.
April 24, 2019
For a movie about an intelligent female Cambridge science student and communist sympathizer, this movie sounds interesting. Too bad it is awfully dull.
April 24, 2019
The sentimental treatment that director Trevor Nunn adopts seems misplaced, almost crazy in its subjectivity.
May 20, 2019
Unfortunately, actress Dench is not at the center of the film. The flatly told tale offers too many flashbacks and bland reenactments of young Joan Stanley (Sophie Cookson) being a KGB agent.
May 17, 2019
Unfortunately there's nothing about Red Joan that feels believable, other than [Judi] Dench's rather complicated portrayal of a woman who might only be discovering her own motives.
May 15, 2019
The film's fictional character of Joan Stanley ultimately proves to be less interesting and complex than her real counterpart of Melita Norwood.
May 15, 2019
Director Trevor Nunn... does not do his best work in Red Joan. He made a serviceable film, which informs more than entertains.
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