Red Sparrow (2018)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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as Dominika Egorova
as Nathaniel Nash
as Ivan Egorov
as General Korchnoi
as Stephanie Boucher
as Nina Egorova
as Colonel Zyuganov
as Trish Forsyth
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Critic Reviews for Red Sparrow
There isn't much chemistry between the leads, and their sex scenes don't sizzle, but the fault lies with the dopey, confusing script by Justin Haythe that fails to develop their characters with any depth or purpose.
We remain in suspense. We don't know who is hiding what from whom. The emphasis on styling reinforces this dynamic, but it also inevitably takes away from the kind of characterization that marks an actually good spy movie.
Red Sparrow is intended to be a sexy thriller, but it's little more than a canvas for one director's limited vision of women, of which there are only two stereotypes.
[Lawrence] spends much of the new film looking blank and sculpted, and all the double-dealings lend her not a tincture of mystery.
It's the centerpiece of high-gloss, highly sexualized espionage claptrap with an overlay of faux female empowerment: Dominika is pretty much an equal-opportunity scourge.
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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.
A light investigation of our entire world society with trust issues told through the device of a Russian woman forced against her will to be a deep-cover spy (convincingly played by Lawrence). And indeed, the idea that no one can be trusted permeates the work. Saving grace comes in the form of one relationship wherein she can commit And the film falters ultimately because that connection has no inner heat to drive it, for us to connect to. I believe it to be a casting problem. Still, not unwatchable.
Loved the character - so smart and strong! Story was a little dark and had a lot of twists to follow. I did have to look away at the skin part - that was gruesome! Quite enjoyable spy movie.
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