Red Sparrow Reviews

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Top Critic
March 8, 2018
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.
March 8, 2018
Red Sparrow sounds as if it has a foolproof recipe: sex, spies and Russia. But the only way to make sense of this thudding, clichéd would-be thriller is to think of it as an unintentional comedy.
March 7, 2018
A ponderous and abstract yet fascinating spy thriller.
March 6, 2018
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.
March 5, 2018
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.
March 5, 2018
[Lawrence] spends much of the new film looking blank and sculpted, and all the double-dealings lend her not a tincture of mystery.
March 4, 2018
The film is too anchored by silliness to take off.
March 2, 2018
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.
March 2, 2018
Red Sparrow is like 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' but only if it were directed by Showgirls-era Paul Verhoeven. That's something of a compliment, but it's also a warning.
March 2, 2018
Lurid but not quite trashy thriller from director Francis Lawrence, who puts his Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence through trials that never made it into their previous, PG-13 collaboration.
March 2, 2018
Red Sparrow couldn't be more timely. If only it were a better movie.
March 2, 2018
Red Sparrow is stylish and tense enough, but the writing is run-of-the-mill and the film lacks the soul of something like the Nikita movies.
March 2, 2018
"Red Sparrow" is Lawrence's show, and she navigates the role with steely grace and unwavering courage.
Top Critic
March 2, 2018
Captures the existential misery of the espionage trade like no film since Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - despite some willfully opaque plotting.
March 1, 2018
The film, obviously, is a joke, yet tragically unaware of it.
March 1, 2018
Lawrence reunites with her 'Hunger Games' director for a sadistic, sexed-up, Russian spy saga that is one long "Nyet."
March 1, 2018
"Red Sparrow" defaults to stodgy when its story isn't dishing out the book's explicit sex and violence (including attempted rape), with lines and scenes that feel flat and obligatory alternating with ones that have no trouble holding our attention.
March 1, 2018
Red Sparrow is a brutal, muddled and dispiriting watch, but it may inadvertently be one of the more accurate screen depictions of the messy world of espionage. This is not a recommendation.
March 1, 2018
"Red Sparrow" isn't trashy fun like "Atomic Blonde" and it certainly doesn't have the brains of a "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy."
March 1, 2018
"Red Sparrow" clearly aspires to be a spy thriller in the classic tradition - all the elements are in place. It's the execution that's woefully lacking.
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