Red Joan

Red Joan
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 50min
  • Directed by: Trevor Nunn
  • Cast: Judy Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes
  • UK release: 19 April 2019

Joan (Cookson when young, Dench later on) arrives at Cambridge in 1938 and is beguiled by radical politics into becoming a Soviet spy. Nunn’s first movie in over 20 years is a plodding, pedestrian affair, and while Dench captures her befuddlement and steely resolve, it fails to find the drama in a story inspired by intriguing real life events.

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The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGBs longest-serving British spy.

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Red Joan

15 Apr 20192 stars

Judi Dench stars in an underwhelming espionage drama inspired by the true-life story of a Soviet spy

Red Joan has the genteel feel of an old-fashioned Sunday night television drama. It is perfectly respectable but the focus is soft, the peril is mild and the pulse is rarely raised. Director Trevor Nunn's first cinema feature in over 20 years takes its…

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