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On the Basis of Sex

also known as “Az egyenjogú nem,” “Cuestión de género,” “Die Berufung - Ihr Kampf für Gerechtigkeit,” “En kvinna bland män,” “Esitlik Savasçisi,” “Nes ji yra moteris,” “Suprema,” “Uma Luta Desigual,” “Una cuestión de género,” “Une femme d'exception,” «По половому признаку»
MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for some language and suggestive content.
not reviewed
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Political Biography Drama
2 hr.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
December 25, 2018 (limited—33 theaters)
January 11, 2019 (wide—1,923 theaters)
DVD: April 9, 2019
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Relevant Issues
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Is the Feminist movment the right answer to the mistreatment that some women endure in this sinful world? Answer

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s repeatedly struck down abortion restrictions. She is “perhaps the nation’s foremost public judicial figure embracing an unqualified constitutional right to human abortion—literally, a right to kill living human embryos and fetuses, right up to the point of birth.”

“Passover, Abortion, and Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg” (off-site article)

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“The Beatification of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” (off-site article)

“Why We Should Worry About the Cult of RBG” (off-site article)

List of Ginsburg’s views (off-site)

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More information
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s career began at Harvard University and Columbia Law School.
  • She was an ACLU lawyer and was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton, taking the oath of office in 1993.
  • She is currently the Supreme Court’s most liberal judge and much loved by Progressive Liberals for consistently opposing conservative viewpoints. For the period of 1937-2006, her votes rank her as the 2nd most liberal Supreme Court judge.
  • In 2012, she advised Egyptians not to use the U.S. Constitution as a model, but rather the Leftist Progressive South African constitution.
  • She is 85 years old and currently the oldest Supreme Court justice.
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Featuring: Felicity JonesRuth Bader Ginsburg
Armie HammerMartin Ginsburg
Justin TherouxMel Wulf
Sam WaterstonErwin Griswold
Kathy BatesDorothy Kenyon
Cailee Spaeny … Jane Ginsburg
Jack ReynorJim Bozarth
Stephen RootProfessor Brown
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Director: Mimi Leder—“Deep Impact” (1998)
Producer: Amblin Partners
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A fan film dramatizing Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s origin story

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “The film tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.”

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Secular Movie Critics
…Jones…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
…Well-paced and directed with gusto, “On the Basis of Sex” finds an accessible, near-perfect tone, balancing serious courtroom drama and frequent legal jargon with tastefully Hollywood-ized emotional embellishments. …
Tomris Laffly, Time Out
…Here, Ginsburg is just an idea, a symbol — a meme. …
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…While the structure occasionally feels a bit awkward, “On the Basis of Sex” has the kind of crowd-pleasing story that skims over any minor shortcomings; by its end, you’re ready to cheer. …
Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
…Little more than inspirational cliches… It has a serviceable, conventional approach that summarizes the extraordinary achievements of a remarkable woman but offers little more than predictable and inspirational Pinterest-quote fare that would have been better suited for an HBO TV movie. …[3/5]
Garrett Mitchell, Arizona Republic
…a solid, often impassioned film, but too often its worst instincts take over, and cliches stack up faster than legal documents. …
Benjamin Lee, The Guardian [UK]
…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. …[3.9]
Dom Sinacola, Paste magazine
…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. …
Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
…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. …
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
…its pace is a little slack, and sometimes it feels too predictably prepackaged. But Jones and Hammer keep the picture moving even through its shakier phases. …
Stephanie Zacharek, Time