RED JOAN – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Based on the real-life story of Melita Norwood, arrested for being a KGB intelligence source, by way of Jennie Rooney’s 2013 novel, the screenplay by Lindsay Shapero makes clear enough that the “spy granny” upset lots of people. It also makes clear a series of clichés, including Joan’s initial recruitment by a conventionally exotic Communist, Sonya , who enters her Cambridge dorm room window in order to avoid being caught following an escapade with a boy.

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RED JOAN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Is sweet little elderly English librarian Judi Dench a spy for the KGB?! There’s a lot of hot-button stuff going on in the loosely based-on-a-true-story Red Joan, from Marxist radicalization at Cambridge University in the late 1930s through sexism at Britain’s atomic-bomb project during World War II and into the Cold War…

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