Red Joan

Red Joan

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Red Joan

Based on a true story, Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench is a British physicist who led a double life as the longest-serving British spy for the KGB. Inspired by the life of Melita Norwood, Dench plays Joan Stanley, who looks back on a lifetime of espionage intrigue that spanned half a century - from the Second World War to the year 2000.

2018Rating: M, Mature themes and sex scenes110 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & Biography
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Variety

Variety

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A would-be sweeping epic that instead turns out tweedy, dreary, and unconvincing.

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Time Out

Time Out

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It's all about as tense as a gentle punt down the Cam.

2.0
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The Times

The Times

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Dench lends emotional heft and nuance to her handful of scenes, but Red Joan is otherwise let down by leaden dialogue and one-note characters.

2.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Most of the fun in Red Joan comes from such overthrown expectations, so it's a shame that the film itself fails to overwhelm - mostly proceeding along dully familiar lines and anything but radical.

2.0
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Stuff

Stuff

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What betrays the film is a script that badly needed to be broken down and reassembled into a far leaner and nimbler form than the one presented here.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Solidly competent and, for the most part, well acted...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A taut old-school thriller with a modern heroine.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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The film as a whole does have a fascinating story to tell and with this cast (especially Dench, of course) it is brought to the screen with considerable aplomb.

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Red Joan is a British period spy drama, based on the real life of Melita Norwood, a KGB spy who was not discovered until she was in her 80's. The film is directed by Trevor Nunn and stars Dame Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson as Joan Stanley (a substitute name for Melita Norwood). The film is non-linear starting at the point that Joan (Dame Judi Dench) is...

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A would-be sweeping epic that instead turns out tweedy, dreary, and unconvincing.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It's all about as tense as a gentle punt down the Cam.

2.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

Dench lends emotional heft and nuance to her handful of scenes, but Red Joan is otherwise let down by leaden dialogue and one-note characters.

2.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Most of the fun in Red Joan comes from such overthrown expectations, so it's a shame that the film itself fails to overwhelm - mostly proceeding along dully familiar lines and anything but radical.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

What betrays the film is a script that badly needed to be broken down and reassembled into a far leaner and nimbler form than the one presented here.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Solidly competent and, for the most part, well acted...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A taut old-school thriller with a modern heroine.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

The film as a whole does have a fascinating story to tell and with this cast (especially Dench, of course) it is brought to the screen with considerable aplomb.

0

Red Joan is a British period spy drama, based on the real life of Melita Norwood, a KGB spy who was not discovered until she was in her 80's. The film is directed by Trevor Nunn and stars Dame Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson as Joan Stanley (a substitute name for Melita Norwood). The film is non-linear starting at the point that Joan (Dame Judi Dench) is...

2.0
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