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Fair Game (2010)



Critic Consensus: It struggles with the balance between fact-based biopic and taut political thriller, but Fair Game brims with righteous anger -- and benefits from superb performances by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

Movie Info

As a covert officer in the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie's husband, diplomat JOE WILSON (Sean Penn), is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and ignites a firestorm of controversy.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, John Butterworth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 29, 2011
Box Office: $9.5M
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


Naomi Watts
as Valerie Plame
Sean Penn
as Joe Wilson
Bruce McGill
as Jim Pavitt
Ashley Gerasimovich
as Samantha Wilson
Quinn Broggy
as Trevor Wilson
Mohamed Hanaa Abdel ...
as Professor Badawi
David Andrews
as Scooter Libby
Mohamed Abdel Fattah
as Professor Badawi
Geoffrey Cantor
as Ari Fleischer
Adam LeFevre
as Karl Rove
Brian McCormack
as Steven Hadley
James Rutledge
as Andrew Card
Tricia Munford
as Cathie Martin
Michael Goodwin
as David Addington
as Mr. Tabir
Polly Holliday
as Diane Plame
Sam Shepard
as Sam Plame
Chet Grissom
as Director of CIA Oper...
Liraz Charchi
as Dr. Zahraa
Sonya Davison
as Chanel Suit
Vanessa Chong
as Tabir Secretary #1
Stephanie Chai
as Tabir Secretary #2
Nicholas Sadler
as CIA Tour Leader
Iris Bahr
as CPD Agent
as Minister of Mines - ...
Louis Ozawa Changchi...
as Nervous Analyst #1
Remy Auberjonois
as Nervous Analyst #2
Sean Mahon
as CIA Analyst #1
David Denman
as Nervous Dave
Kevin Makely
as Jordan Officer #1
Mousa Al Satari
as Mukhabarat Officer
Maysa Abdel Sattar
as Hammad's Wife
Rafat Basel
as Hammad's Son
Judith Resnick
as B.U. Professor
Ben Mac Brown
as B.U. Student #1
Satya Babha
as B.U. Student #2
Nabil Koni
as Iraqi Scientist #1
Mohammad Al Sawalga
as Iraqi Scientist #2
Mohammad Al Sawalqa
as Iraqi Scientist #2
David Iklu
as Journalist #1
Deidre Goodwin
as Journalist #2
Donna Placido
as Journalist #3
James Joseph O'Neil
as Internal Security Of...
Danni Lang
as Supporter #1
Jane Lee
as Supporter #2
James Moy
as Field Reporter #1
Judy Maier
as Field Reporter #2
Kola Ogundrian
as Businessman #1
Byron Utley
as Businessman #2
Anastasia Barzee
as Right Wing Reporter
Sanousi Sesay
as DC Cab Driver
Adam Le Fevre
as Karl Rove
Satya Bhabha
as B.U. Student #2
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News & Interviews for Fair Game

Critic Reviews for Fair Game

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (38)

This isn't a message movie, per se, but a strong point of view comes through regardless: In the battle of principles vs. politics, politics always win.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It should be gripping stuff, but Liman combines too much information with too much pontificating to create an uneasy blend of slow-paced political thriller and family drama.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
Hot Press

Naomi Watt delivers but the script offers a lifeless story and too many one-dimensional characters to name.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Big Hollywood

If the filmmakers had skimmed off some of the exposition from the first half, and tightened it up in order to get to the main part of the story faster, it would have worked a lot better.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012

Another of Participant Media's earnest, well-meaning, well-made, but rather dry efforts that definitely do their job in conveying the intended message but not so much as engaging drama.

Full Review… | February 7, 2012

Gripping real-life spy movie Fair Game, a sober and sobering account of the double-dealing of the Bush White House in the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq.

Full Review… | July 18, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Fair Game

A compelling and well-written political drama based on a shocking, outraging real story, and the most interesting is to see how the whole situation deeply affects the relationship between the characters, who are superbly played by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

During the run-up to the Second Iraq War, the Bush Administration released the name of a CIA agent whose husband was critical of Bush's "evidence."
Naomi Watts and Sean Penn deliver very strong performances as Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson. Watts is believable in her vulnerable scenes, reeling from the Bush Administration's treason, and Penn brings his natural intensity to his portrayal of Joe Wilson. Both in terms of the film and the actual events, I wondered why (or why not) the Wilsons never discussed the article that led to Valerie's betrayal. Regardless of the film's reliance on actual events, the story proceeds predictably, complete with the inspirational visit to Valerie's father who dispenses age-old wisdom. The story of the Iraqi scientists is also incomplete.
Overall, carried by strong leading performances, Fair Game is not as polemic as it could be and follows a rather predictable path.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

"Fair Game" is not as engrossing as it should be considering its subject matter and pedigree.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

Fair Game Quotes

Valerie Plame Wilson: It's the White House. Do you seriously think you pick a fight with the White House and win? They'll bury us!
Joe Wilson: They bury us if we don't!
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Valerie Plame Wilson: When Kammel was executed in 95 the team just drifted apart. They're all saying the same thing. There is no weapons program.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Internal Security Officer: I don't know anything about the tubes. I'm not qualified.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Joe Wilson: If I yell louder, does that make what I'm saying right!?
– Submitted by Alonso A (4 years ago)

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