Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Apart from very brief appearances by the male protagonist’s mother and sister and the prostitute he patronizes, women are all but absent from this film, unless a few adoring anonymous female fans count (they don’t). At least the hooker isn’t nude.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Pawn Sacrifice! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) See my rating of Pawn Sacrifice.