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Red Joan Reviews

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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
The music... is enough to keep the viewer's curiosity. [Full review in Spaniash]
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 4, 2019
It plays like a pale imitation of The Imitation Game. Still, it's a handsome period piece, and Dench knocks her part out of the park.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 3, 2019
Red Joan is thoughtful and entertaining fare. It's not a high point among Dench's many performances, but that's largely by design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2019
It is not about spy craft; it is about saving mankind from itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 27, 2019
Red Joan is a film for grown ups with an appreciation of cinema and an openness to explore human nature in all sorts of compromising circumstances.
May 27, 2019
Ideals, secrets, love and betrayal are the themes of this superb British spy thriller in which a physics graduate risks everything 'to change the world'.
May 15, 2019
Director Trevor Nunn... does not do his best work in Red Joan. He made a serviceable film, which informs more than entertains.
May 13, 2019
This isn't about trading secrets as much as accountability and how we're so willing to punish the symptom rather than the disease itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 10, 2019
This is [Nunn's] first film-directing gig in more than 20 years, and there's no denying it has certain stagebound qualities. But that may be its strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2019
Any movie with Judi Dench is worth seeing but in this one she gets limited time on screen. Still her presence hovers over it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 8, 2019
Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson shine in this old-and-young portrayal of a timid woman who overcame denigration and manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2019
Think less espionage and more romance and you'll be in the right frame of mind for the drama inspired by true events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2019
I suspect that viewers on both sides of the political spectrum will be made uneasy by the film's perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 1, 2019
Dench, in her limited screen time, gives us tantalizing hints of who this weary-looking woman, slumped by the weight of secrets, might be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 28, 2019
More concerned with the dialectic than the drama as Trevor Nunn employs a deliberate, but finely observed pacing, it is still an intriguing film about a woman constantly underestimated by everyone but herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2019
True story of an English woman who questions the way governments go about national security.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 23, 2019
There's no arguing whatever with Dench's performance. With the flicker of an eyelid, she can go from exhausted-seeming senior citizen to sly observer. This is camera acting at its finest.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 22, 2019
The atmospherics of the wartime scenes and its plucky cast serves to highlight the mundanity of those in the present, with Dench's conflicted turn the central highlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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