Red Sparrow

2018, Mystery & thriller, 2h 19m

301 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Red Sparrow aims for smart, sexy spy thriller territory, but Jennifer Lawrence's committed performance isn't enough to compensate for thin characters and a convoluted story. Read critic reviews

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Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.

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  • Feb 22, 2019
    A poorly made spy film, Red Sparrow is incredibly boring and monotonous. When a Russian ballet dancer is severely injured her uncle recruits her to become a covert agent who specializes in seduction, and is tasked with discovering a CIA agent's source within the Russian government. Despite its strong cast (Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parke), none of the performances are very good. And the pacing is excruciatingly slow, taking a long time to get to the plot. Also, the tone is rather seedy with its focus on sexual manipulation and graphic sex scenes. Still, there are a couple of interesting and clever plot twists, and some intense and suspenseful moments. An ugly film that meanders endlessly, Red Sparrow is extremely disappointing.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2019
    I thought I was going to get Black Widow only boring, but what I ended up getting was actually Atomic Blonde only boring.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2018
    An overlong, dull and ludicrous espionage thriller that spends an awful amount of time showing that Jennifer Lawrence's character is a terrible agent (and an idiot) before deciding to make us believe that she is a near-psychic genius and we were the stupid ones not to have noticed it.
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  • Aug 05, 2018
    The film is stylish but that is where it fails, the story is full of holes and we never learn a lot about the characters involved. Lawrence commits fully to the role, you can see she is invested with the intensity she brings to the role and it is not here that fails the film. Francis Lawrence has a mixed bag of films and I have this right in the Constantine bag of quality. The core storyline potential is there, but the substance is not there. I'm eager to read the book as the plot of the film is a little scarce, nearly to the point of non existent. The characters are a key example of what is wrong with modern Hollywood storytelling, they are just too thin. The film has a very long running time and it is mainly focused on moving from A to C without explaining B, much of this time should have been spent at the school for the Sparrows. This could of been one of the better spy films had the film been explored, with more character focus which might have meant a longer running time. Good film but not great. 06/08/2018.
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