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Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
Thriller - This spy thriller is more of a drama than an action film, and it has
a lot of strong sexual content and nudity, so parents of any young
fans of Jennifer Lawrence's work in The Hunger Games and
X-Men films should be forewarned. There is also a bit of
graphic violence and language. Fans of Lawrence and Joel Edgerton
should be pleased while other known actors such as Jeremy Irons and
Mary-Louise Parker are
only briefly seen.
PROFANITY: 18 F-words; 2 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity; non-sexual male and female nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and killings; rape. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and frequent tobacco. ACTION: A car collision and foot chases. COMEDY: Occasional comic lines, often darkly humorous and suggestive.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good ...a deliciously perverse, unflinchingly violent thriller... On balance, Red Sparrow is a reasonable choice for those who don't mind a fair amount of graphic sex and violence mixed in with the spying, back-stabbing, and double-dealing expected from this genre.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...shocking and violent sequences become repetitive and gratuitous, making "Red Sparrow" feel more like a cheap exercise in exploitation than a visceral tale of survival. ...overall bland tone, coupled with the film's unnecessarily long running time, makes this would-be thriller less than thrilling.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average ... Red Sparrow is overlong for what it needs to be, yet still doesn't spend enough time in Sparrow School, the most interesting aspect of the entire movie. ...Red Sparrow is a hard watch due to its brutality... ...Lawrence's spy is memorable in this so-so operation.
NY PostFull Review Poor A decent eleventh-hour twist isn't enough to redeem what's come before, which the film would have you see as a righteous indictment of Russia's corruption and misogyny. Too bad it resembles countless bad sexploitation flicks set right here at home.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 38 moviegoers:
The professional critic reviews are all over the place. They range from "good" to "poor." Fortunately, the moviegoer reviews are more consistent and show a movie most either loved or enjoyed very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone male rated it just "average." Two of the females loved it, one enjoyed it very much rating it "above average" and the remaining two felt it was an "average" movie.
ADULTS: The ladies enjoyed "Death Wish" even more than the guys. A full 70% loved it with another 25% indicating that they enjoyed it very much. Only about 5% rated it as low as "average." Half the guys loved it with another 20% rating it "above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Another 15%, or so, rated it "average," with about 8% rating it "below average."
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
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.