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"Red Sparrow" director Francis Lawrence reacts to the love-hate response critics have had to the movie.
Despite some saying that the movie glorifies rape and violence, he said, "I don't think it's gratuitous in any way."
Jennifer Lawrence's latest movie "Red Sparrow" opens in theaters on Friday, and depending who you believe in the film criticism world, the 20th Century Fox release is either a unique spy thriller rarely made by a Hollywood studio, or a dull pretentious work that glorifies rape and violence.
With a current rating of 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, the love-hate reaction for the movie is one that its director, Francis Lawrence ("Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" 1 and 2), is still trying to wrap his head around.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: You can connect all 9 Best Picture Oscar nominees with actors they have in common — here's howSee Also:Jennifer Lawrence shared her 'biggest fear' about doing a nude scene for her new movie 'Red Sparrow'Jennifer Lawrence says she turned off Oscar-nominated 'Phantom Thread' after 3 minutesJennifer Lawrence says she felt empowered doing nudity in her new movie following her 2014 nude photo hackSEE ALSO: Our predictions of who will win at the 2018 Oscars on Sunday night — and who really should win