BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of girls/women]
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5
WILDCARD SCORE: 0
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
TOTAL SCORE: -5
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: A few female soldiers — who appear only very briefly in the background and have no dialogue — cannot outweigh Sienna Miller’s ridiculously supportive wife, whose sole purpose in the story is to make Bradley Cooper a better man.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of American Sniper! 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.) Read my review of American Sniper.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)