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On the Basis of Sex

  • Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux
  • Director: Mimi Leder
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 120 min.

Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.

"But Jones, luminous in support in such dramas as 'The Theory of Everything,' carries this picture, delivers thrilling arguments thrillingly and puts a warm, human face on a legal figure who has become liberalism’s Obi Wan Kenobi, 'our only hope.'"
- Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"It’s Jones who really shines. She effortlessly embodies Ruth Bader Ginsburg with such aplomb that when she locks her steely eyes with the camera, you can feel it in your bones that this woman is about to change the world. "
- Yolanda Machado, TheWrap
"Call it 'The Notorious RBG: The Early Years' as a terrific Felicity Jones finds the fire and fury in the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she takes on her lifelong battle against gender discrimination."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"'On the Basis of Sex' is a serious movie that slowly earns its emotion and enlists our involvement. Even before the finish, it's goosebumps all around."
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A winning, inspirational crowd-pleaser à la Hidden Figures, Leder's film follows the early accomplishments of the young Ginsburg (an assured Felicity Jones, convincingly slipping into the trailblazer's shoes), beginning in 1956."
- Tomris Laffly, Time Out
"Leder draws lovely performances across the board, bringing clarity and warmth to a complicated but important historical moment."
- Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star
"Leder... somehow makes a wonky court case about Section 214 of the tax code, which deals with dependent care expenses, into a nail-biting thriller."
- Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
"On the Basis of Sex mostly avoids hero-worship in recreating the shameful truth of where the country was a half-century earlier and the importance of Ginsburg in the legal aspect of the shift that continues to this day."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews