Since rising to fame at the start of the decade with movies like Winter's Bone, X-Men: First Class and The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence has become one of Hollywood's most popular stars. Her latest movie is Red Sparrow (adapted from the Jason Matthews-penned book of the same name), which follows a Russian spy who is sent to target a CIA agent for her first mission, but ends up falling for him and considers becoming a double agent. Red Sparrow is still two weeks away from being released to the masses, but early reactions have already come in on social media, and it looks like the movie could be another win for the actress' resume, though it's not for the squeamish.
Starting off, CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg praised Red Sparrow for its action and brutality, speculating that this might be the first in a series of movies.
Next, The Tracking Board's Jeff Sneider praised Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in Red Sparrow and noted that the movie is just the kind of fare that adults will appreciate.
Indiewire's Kate Erbland said in her reaction that Red Sparrow is an intense movie, and certainly not something that the kiddies should see.
One of Red Sparrow's detractors was Nigel M. Smith from People, who felt this wasn't anywhere near an empowering action movie for women like Atomic Blonde was last year.
Finally, although Indiewire's David Ehrlich appreciated Red Sparrow, he suspects that the public won't enjoy it as much as he did, to put it lightly.
Overall, it sounds like Red Sparrow is a decent action movie that's worth checking out during the spring cinematic season. However, as more reactions and reviews come in, and given the movie's subject matter, it's possible the reception might become more mixed, making it comparable to Jennifer Lawrence's last movie, the extremely polarizing mother! from director Darren Aronofsky.