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Red Sparrow (15)

Mystery, Thriller

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.

The critical consensus

A solid espionage thriller that’s lifted by its charismatic leads, Red Sparrow commits to the brutality of its subject matter, meaning it’s never easy viewing.

***(*)(*)Matt Maytum, Total Film, 16/02/2018

Jennifer Lawrence captivates in an unconventional espionage thriller.

***(*)(*)Matthew Turner, The List, 26/02/2018

The filmmakers seem to be drawing on the worlds both of George Smiley and of Austin Powers - and that makes for as bizarre a spy movie as you will see in a very long time.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 28/02/2018

Some interesting ideas, but ultimately just another film using sexual violence as a plot point.

Elena Lazic, Little White Lies, 01/03/2018

With an uncompromising attitude to complex plotting and graphic content, Red Sparrow is a promising beginning to a potential new spy franchise. Just be aware of its unexpectedly barbed edges.

***(*)(*)Ben Travis, Empire Online, 02/03/2018

Red Sparrow is the kind of outrageous nonsense that might pass the time on a long-haul flight.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 02/03/2018

Jennifer Lawrence is inscrutable as a ballet dancer turned spy in downbeat thriller Red Sparrow.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 02/03/2018

Neither her intelligence nor her general badassery are able to free her from the film’s deeply sexist paradigm.

**(*)(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 04/03/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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