Red Sparrow

2018 | 139 minutes | Rated R

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Dominika, a Russian ballerina with a thick accent and even thicker bangs. After suffering a career-ending injury, she must become a spy—rather, a sparrow—to care for her ailing mother. Unlike actual sparrows, these sparrows are sexy as hell, and their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to seduce everything within kissing distance, then shake down their marks for secrets. While this sounds super fun, it’s not, because it doesn’t seem like Dominika wants to accept her mission at all. In fact, she only becomes a spy after being the victim of extensive sexual violence. Whether this is to endear her to us as our heroine (which is gross), or just to shock and titillate the audience (also gross) doesn’t matter. It’s miserable to watch, and I hated it.


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Francis Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker, Ciarán Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Joely Richardson, Douglas Hodge, Thekla Reuten, Sasha Frolova, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristof Konrad, Nicole O'Neill