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Red Joan Reviews

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May 26, 2020
A dull telling of a lively true spy yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 10, 2020
Every plot point and every character insight gets delivered with the same manufactured smoothness; the movie is naggingly bland in the way one associates with "respectable" British cinema.
January 10, 2020
Red Joan feels like it was a middling British TV drama pilot that ran too long and they sold it as a movie instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 19, 2019
The lead actresses are both solid but the direction by Trevor Nunn is dull.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 16, 2019
A spy movie lacking suspense. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 16, 2019
Lindsay Shapero's screenplay bases the spy figure on stereotypes and reduces her difficulties to her romantic relationships, gradually forgetting her complex personality. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 6, 2019
Its conventional if uneven structure keeps the tension mild despite subject matter rife with ethical questions and contemporary resonance.
July 29, 2019
Perhaps Nunn tried to do a bit too much with this film, layering this woman's secret past with themes of feminist and anti-war sentiment. When the film focuses on the characters in the past, it builds a driving thriller tension...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 25, 2019
What one perceives in this movie is a particular passivity and several errors in the development of suspense, melodrama, and almost any appeal related to the spy film, or even the biographical film. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 25, 2019
The music... is enough to keep the viewer's curiosity. [Full review in Spaniash]
July 3, 2019
Unintended silliness makes young Joan look foolish for being entranced by them, robbing her of agency when the film is desperate to prove the opposite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 28, 2019
Red Joan itself is reportedly based on the story of Melita Norwood, who passed the Soviets' information on the West's nuclear development. Sadly, Norwood's Wikipedia page is more of a thrilling yarn than most of Red Joan.
June 20, 2019
Joan Stanley's story of means and ends opens in 2000 rural Britain, where an elderly Joan is arrested and charged by MI5 with treason, an accusation she vehemently denies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 17, 2019
It's an intriguing true story but Red Joan isn't the slick, gripping thriller you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 11, 2019
Red Joan's romantic representation of its central character's early life is at odds with Dench's powerful, unvarnished performance.
June 9, 2019
This is the first movie in 22 years for director Trevor Nunn, and it really should be his last unless he demonstrates some flair for the medium...Red Joan doesn't even work as a cautionary tale about watching who you mix with at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
June 7, 2019
Director Trevor Nunn has opted for the early-bird special filter here, presenting a story that should be thrilling and investing as one that's too tepid and safe to successfully connect with the masses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 6, 2019
Although never properly coming together, it still offers some strong period detail, lots of talk and good work from Sophie Cookson, who plays the young Dench in flashbacks, even if she doesn't look at all like her.
June 6, 2019
In technical terms, it's a proficiently made film by the evergreen Trevor Nunn -- or it would be if it were not so determined to embrace all the cliches of the moment, both about British spies and films for women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2019
It is a strangely bland film that does not effectively use its cast or the cinematic medium in exciting ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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