Parents' Guide to

Red Sparrow

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Graphic violence, sex in dull Jennifer Lawrence thriller.

Movie R 2018 139 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 18+

It Has A Rape Scene In The First 30 Mins

Registering to say as an FYI that “woman’s underwear is ripped off” dramatically understates a sex scene in the first 30 minutes that is obviously rape. Main character repeatedly says no, is held down by man, has underwear ripped off, and a few minutes later says “He was inside me.” Didn’t get past that, because, according to this site, it didn’t have a rape scene, so it was quite shocking/distressing. Giving it a 1 star because quite unnecessary for it to be so graphic.
age 15+

A movie from a true story of a girl whose life flipped

Red Sparrow is a significantly violent movie with some sex and nudity but nothing anyone in the US of the age of 15 can't handle

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30):
Kids say (13):

Jennifer Lawrence re-teams with her Hunger Games director for this more grown-up attempt at a complex, sexy thriller, but the result is airless, mopey, and dull. Lawrence gets to try on a finely tuned Russian accent, as well as many gorgeous costume, makeup, and hairstyle changes, but although she tries her best, the character never really comes to life. The story is based on a novel by Jason Matthews, and it's structured adequately; Red Sparrow looks and sounds good, but it just fails to find a spark -- and it's far too chilly to be sexy.

It also never generates much suspense; it moves sluggishly and gets more and more tiresome as it trudges through its 139 loooong minutes. Director Francis Lawrence brought this same quality to his massively popular Hunger Games movies -- he helmed the final three in the series of four -- and their brooding quality appealed to teens. But this attempt an an edgier thriller still feels juvenile as it dabbles in excessive amounts of sex and bloodshed; its attempt at stoicism just feels like boredom. Try as it may to unveil twists and surprises, Red Sparrow remains routine -- it only manages to emphasize the "cold" in Cold War.

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