Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

Jennifer Lawrence is a Russian spy who falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton) in this thriller based on the novel by Jason Matthews.

Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova faces an uncertain future after suffering a career-ending injury. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.

2017Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, violence, sexual violence, sex scenes and coarse language140 minsUSA
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Flicks, Katie Parker

Flicks, Katie Parker

The history of female led espionage thrillers in Hollywood is not a great one. Typically casting a woman revered for her beauty and body, saddling her with a posh or exotic accent, and assuaging accusations of objectification by having her carry out explicit violence on unsuspecting men, these films each posit the same boring theory: female empowerment is but a kick to the nuts away!

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Variety

Variety

Jennifer Lawrence gives a star performance as a Russian spy driven by survival in an espionage thriller that's (gratifyingly) more talk than action.

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Total Film

Total Film

A solid espionage thriller that’s lifted by its charismatic leads, Red Sparrow commits to the brutality of its subject matter, meaning it’s never easy viewing.

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Time Out

Time Out

The movie’s most shocking feature isn’t any of its twisty plot reveals... but the exploitative brutality it rains down on Lawrence.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It’s refreshing to see something that exists in the studio system that possesses so many queasily perverse elements. It’s just not quite as seductive as it thinks it is.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

A mix of trashy and classy, "Red Sparrow" is a sleek, juiced-up espionage thriller that overdoes everything: its brutal violence, its dramatic flourishes, its hairpin plot twists, and most certainly its sexpot shamelessness.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A pervy premise and top-flight cast yield a mixed-bag spy flick.

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Collider

Collider

Rather than offering the escapism the spy genre usually provides, Francis Lawrence's film is a brutal plunge into a world of sexual assault and degradation.

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