• 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: Biography , Historical drama

Production Co: Participant Media, Alibaba Pictures Group

Distributors: Focus Features

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Is the film worthy of her? Not really. It’s informative, in a didactic way, but basically an exercise in hagiography, a skin-deep celebration of someone who has never settled for superficiality in her life’s work. show more

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