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Red Sparrow (2018)



Critic Consensus: Red Sparrow aims for smart, sexy spy thriller territory, but Jennifer Lawrence's committed performance isn't enough to compensate for thin characters and a convoluted story.

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Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

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Jennifer Lawrence
as Dominika Egorova
Joel Edgerton
as Nathaniel Nash
Jeremy Irons
as General Korchnoi
Mary-Louise Parker
as Stephanie Boucher
Joely Richardson
as Nina Egorova
Ciarán Hinds
as Colonel Zyuganov
Sakina Jaffrey
as Trish Forsyth
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Critic Reviews for Red Sparrow

All Critics (302) | Top Critics (78)

Director Francis Lawrence... seems to have reasoned that, because Russian literature is so long and slow, making his movie long and slow would be the path to authenticity.

March 9, 2020 | Full Review…

There is only so much Jennifer Lawrence can do in this set up.

July 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Needlessly sadistic and often troubling in tone, some keen supporting performances can't save this uneven and forgetful film.

June 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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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 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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[Jennifer Lawrence] throws herself into her role with abandon (cf. mother!), suggesting, pace how some directors cast her, that her bravura dramatic energy flourishes best in worlds of genre extremes.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Red Sparrow

An overlong, dull and ludicrous espionage thriller that spends an awful amount of time showing that Jennifer Lawrence's character is a terrible agent (and an idiot) before deciding to make us believe that she is a near-psychic genius and we were the stupid ones not to have noticed it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A light investigation of our entire world society with trust issues told through the device of a Russian woman forced against her will to be a deep-cover spy (convincingly played by Lawrence). And indeed, the idea that no one can be trusted permeates the work. Saving grace comes in the form of one relationship wherein she can commit And the film falters ultimately because that connection has no inner heat to drive it, for us to connect to. I believe it to be a casting problem. Still, not unwatchable.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Loved the character - so smart and strong! Story was a little dark and had a lot of twists to follow. I did have to look away at the skin part - that was gruesome! Quite enjoyable spy movie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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