• On the Basis of Sex (2018)

On the Basis of Sex

Release Date: December 25th, 2018

DVD Release Date: April 9th, 2019

PG-13 |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen Root, Sam Waterston, Kathy Bates

Director: Mimi Leder

Genres: Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: Participant Media, Alibaba Pictures Group

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Mother, 1970s, Emotional, Love, Transformation, Quest, New York City, 1990s, Judge, 1960s, House, 1980s, Husband, Office, Tense, Inspiring

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    The storytelling in Sex is ho-hum, but the sincerity of the undertaking — and the issues at the film’s centre — make it hard to resist, no matter what objections might be raised. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The dramatic approach here is clear, efficient and entirely on-the-nose, with little time for anything that might distract from the hagiographic effort in play. Its sole purpose is to ennoble and proclaim a hero, which its subject almost certainly is. But it makes for notably simplified drama. show more

  • 39
    Dom SinacolaPaste Magazine

    We’re typically never trusted to accept the reality of an icon’s life for what it is rather than what media consultants want it to exemplify. What the film’s real failing amounts to is any lack of interest in Ginsburg’s true superpower: Her inhuman, sleepless drive to do the work. show more

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