On the Basis of Sex (2019)

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Critic Consensus: On the Basis of Sex is nowhere near as groundbreaking as its real-life subject, but her extraordinary life makes a solid case for itself as an inspirational, well-acted biopic.

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The film tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. The feature will premiere in 2018 in line with Justice Ginsburg's 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.

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Cast

Felicity Jones
as Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Armie Hammer
as Marty Ginsburg
Kathy Bates
as Dorothy Kenyon
Sam Waterston
as Erwin Griswold
Jack Reynor
as Jim Bozarth
Cailee Spaeny
as Jane Ginsburg
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The formulaic film doesn't carry enough heft for consideration as a must-see Oscar contender.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

As a trailblazing figure, Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserves a knockout biopic about her life. Instead she gets... a serviceable, but by no means extraordinary origin story of a pre-Supreme Court RBG as she begins to shape her legacy.

Jan 4, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

We are invited by the filmmakers to regard Ginsburg as a saint in the making who also happens to be a real person. It's the kind of "tribute" that is actually a disservice because it flattens out a complex human being.

Jan 4, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A rather broad biopic, but it beautifully argues the importance of Ginsburg's work - prior to the Supreme Court - and is a lovely tribute to the woman who would become the Notorious RBG.

Dec 28, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Mostly the film, directed by Mimi Leder, takes its cues not from real life but from film clichés.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

"On the Basis of Sex" is dutiful Classics Illustrated filmmaking, with the villains easy to spot, the goal distant but obtainable, and an 11th-hour speech that just may save the day.

Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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