Red Sparrow Reviews

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March 1, 2018
Red Sparrow isn't a good movie, and that's too bad, because you can see what it might have been. The story has intrigue built into it in a way that probably made perfect sense on the page; it just doesn't translate onto the big screen.
March 1, 2018
Events make sense, though parts of the plot are hard to follow, but they don't make you grin with anticipation or gasp with excitement.
March 1, 2018
There are gorgeous exteriors of Vienna, Budapest, London and lush hotel interiors. The soundtrack is Tchaikovsky and Mozart. It's like an extended ad for Chanel, except for all the gore.
March 1, 2018
Figuring out whether someone is a double, triple, or quadruple agent isn't a brain-teaser, it's a brain-irritant, especially when the script is so convoluted.
March 1, 2018
Ms. Lawrence goes all in, seamlessly meeting the movie's physical demands - whether she's dancing onstage or crawling in blood - while turning Dominika into a character who grows more real with each unreal scene.
March 1, 2018
On balance, Red Sparrow is a reasonable choice for those who don't mind a fair amount of graphic sex and violence mixed in with the spying, back-stabbing, and double-dealing expected from this genre.
March 1, 2018
Shocking and violent sequences become repetitive and gratuitous, making Red Sparrow feel more like a cheap exercise in exploitation than a visceral tale of survival.
March 1, 2018
Some interesting ideas, but ultimately just another film using sexual violence as a plot point.
March 1, 2018
With Cold War tensions arising again in real life, Red Sparrow feels of this time in a cool way, but only Lawrence's spy is memorable in this so-so operation.
March 1, 2018
A densely plotted, lurid and rather satisfying spy spectacle whose greatest asset is a movie star showing us why she's a movie star.
March 1, 2018
J. Law's spy game feels genuinely unpredictable, and not only as a career move.
Top Critic
March 1, 2018
Destroy the patriarchy, it declares, while ogling this naked body of a woman who's just had her head bashed in.
February 28, 2018
By the end, you want to give every Bond villainess a hug.
February 28, 2018
The movie's focus on sexual violence against Lawrence's character ultimately feels repellent.
February 28, 2018
Despite stylish direction by Francis Lawrence and hints of deeper themes about female agency in a world dominated by callous men, the movie never really rises above pulp.
February 28, 2018
The cast excels at transcending its material. The script by Justin Haythe matches Francis Lawrence's direction; it's workmanlike and steady and pretty flat.
February 27, 2018
What kicks it into a higher level is that it's a terrific vehicle for Jennifer Lawrence, one of the few movie stars who deserves one, who is a film star in the classic sense.
February 27, 2018
The film's unquestionable high point is Lawrence's character bellowing the accusing line in her Boris-and-Natasha accent: "You sent me to whore school!"
February 27, 2018
The film is beautiful to look at, but it's empty and meaningless. The sensational images add up to a whole lot of provocation, but there isn't a shred of substance to be found... There's nothing empowering about this character or her story.
February 26, 2018
Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton's chemistry is colder than Moscow in January.
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