On the Basis of Sex

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  120 min.
Release Date:
December 25, 2018 - Toronto
January 11, 2019 - Wide
DVD: April 9, 2019
Blu-ray: April 9, 2019
Digital: March 26, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 4.13
based on 98 votes and 33 reviews
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Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Cailee Spaeny


During a time when women were expected to stay at home and take care of their husbands and children rather than hoping for careers, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) decides to become a lawyer, even though she's discriminated against wherever she turns. She graduates from Columbia Law School, wanting to fight for freedom and gender equality.

However, she has trouble getting a job due to her gender, as men who are less qualified get positions instead. She teams up with her husband Marty (Armie Hammer) to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals — one that could turn around years of discrimination and give young women a future full of hope.

Director: Mimi Leder
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Robert W. Cort, Jonathan King
Screenplay: Daniel Stiepleman
Official Site: OntheBasisofSexMovie.com

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  • 5 stars "A wonderful portrait of a true America (s)hero! A chapter of history that everyone should be taught."
  • 5 stars "Well told story. Realistic portrayal of the times, especially on how society viewed what the role of women should be in the academic, social, and business world. The movie effectively reflects RGG's transition from a supportive wife to a capable, self confident lawyer and jurist of extraordinary intelligence in the face of obstacles from many sources. Th factual portrayal is understated leading to a climax that is dramatically explosive as she fully asserts herself . The epilogue depicts her many accomplishments."
  • 3 stars "As far as movies go, it is well made with few if any flaws. This is unfortunate, because future generation will judge RBG by this movie. She is no heroine and does not deserve this kind of acclaim."