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Red Joan Reviews

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
May 3, 2019
This period drama is stuffy and slow, told in a clumsy way to justify Dench's casting and presence, and is still a waste of her time.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 2, 2019
Although the story sounds fascinating - subterfuge! centrifuge! pinkos! - the film is cold fusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 25, 2019
...most of Dame Judi's scenes are quick and a criminal waste of her talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2019
For a movie about an intelligent female Cambridge science student and communist sympathizer, this movie sounds interesting. Too bad it is awfully dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 24, 2019
The sentimental treatment that director Trevor Nunn adopts seems misplaced, almost crazy in its subjectivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 23, 2019
Dench delivers some fine speeches in defence of her character's younger days, but her role is exceedingly limited.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2019
Dench is a triple agent but Nunn squanders her talents. What a betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 19, 2019
The result is a film which, although very handsomely made, has little dramatic intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2019
How do you bring the legendary stage director Trevor Nunn together with the peerless screen icon Judi Dench, hand them a real-life wartime spy story that's full of sex and intrigue, and a race to build a nuclear bomb, yet still, somehow, end up with this?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 19, 2019
A strange, bifurcated tale of love and espionage, with Judi Dench stuck in a thankless role that does nothing to capitalize on her talents. The film is worse for it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 19, 2019
Uneven it may be, Red Joan still emanates a memorable essence, one that's refreshingly and believably feminine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2019
Cookson is very good, but she's too often left to perform in a vacuum. Lindsay Shapero's script - based on Jennie Rooney's novel - neglects to build in the tension Cookson clearly aims to generate.
April 18, 2019
We're left with a mediocre mash-up of an old-fashioned spy movie and the story of a son coping with the sins of his mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2019
But it's not only its generic elements and sporadic listlessness that hampers "Red Joan," it's that the film's attempts to convince us of the rightness of her actions don't succeed either.
April 18, 2019
It's a simplistic take on a potentially fascinating subject: right cast, wrong film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 18, 2019
What should be breathless and urgent is instead polite and listless: if you can't ignite sparks from an illicit bathroom assignation, then maybe espionage just isn't your thing.
April 17, 2019
Quite simply, there is not enough Dench, not enough Old Joan, not enough about how she feels about the decades of deceit, and tension, and becalmed ordinariness, far from the drama of espionage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 17, 2019
Her story might make a compelling film - but it isn't this one...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 15, 2019
It's all about as tense as a gentle punt down the Cam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 14, 2018
Dench lends emotional heft and nuance to her handful of scenes, but Red Joan is otherwise let down by leaden dialogue and one-note characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 12, 2018
Most of the fun in Red Joan comes from such overthrown expectations, so it's a shame that the film itself fails to overwhelm - mostly proceeding along dully familiar lines and anything but radical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 9, 2018
A taut old-school thriller with a modern heroine.
September 8, 2018
A would-be sweeping epic that instead turns out tweedy, dreary, and unconvincing.