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113 Ratings

On the Basis of Sex

Directed by Mimi Leder
United States, 2018
Drama, Biography


The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

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On the Basis of Sex Directed by Mimi Leder
Leder has been most closely associated with crafting sturdy action and disaster films (Deep Impact remains an unsung highlight). But with her first feature in nearly a decade, she illuminates the action of language that is so crucial to Ginsburg’s brilliant long game approach to the law.  
January 08, 2019
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Stiepleman’s script reduces everyone to a progressive-minded hero or a reactionary villain, and those who display any moral ambiguity eventually come around to the right side; for her part, director Mimi Leder (whose previous credits include the notoriously mawkish Pay It Forward and lots of series television) delivers this in the fashion of Steven Spielberg at his sentimental, self-righteous worst.
January 03, 2019
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It’s not only the character’s self-confidence that falters there, but also the filmmakers’. Admiring as they are of their heroine’s courage and brilliance in challenging tradition and convention, they can’t help but enshroud her in biopic clichés.
December 24, 2018
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