Red Joan

Red Joan

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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Flicks, Sarah Voon

Flicks, Sarah Voon

Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench is a British physicist who led a double life as the longest-serving British spy for the KGB. The film's inspired by the life of Melita Norwood, but as Sarah Voon explains, it simply cannot reflect the danger and intrigue of the real story.

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Variety

Variety

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

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Time Out

Time Out

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

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The Times

The Times

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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.

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Stuff

Stuff

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

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A taut old-school thriller with a modern heroine.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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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