An Acceptable Loss

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An Acceptable Loss attempts a political thriller approach to a serious issue, but ends up sacrificing thrills -- as well as a satisfying story -- in the bargain.



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She was the ultimate patriot. Now, what she knows could bring down the government. Libby Lamm (Tika Sumpter) is a former top national security advisor who, while working with Rachel Burke (Jamie Lee Curtis), a ruthless, steely-willed political veteran, signed off on a controversial military action that was supposed to end the war on terror. The problem: thousands died under false pretenses. Haunted by what she knows, Libby sets out to tell the truth, risking treason - and her own life - to expose a cover-up that stretches all the way to the highest levels of government. This gripping saga of lies, conspiracy, and betrayal is an explosive look at what it takes to do the right thing - even if that means going up against your own country.

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Tika Sumpter demonstrates the screen presence of a true star, and Jamie Lee Curtis creates a monster so terrifying she'd have Michael Myers turning tail and running away.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though Sumpter lends her role the requisite controlled, inner strength and Jamie Lee Curtis utilizes her trademark fierce resolve to good effect as an intimidating commander in chief, the politics prove as tenuous as the nonexistent thrill factor.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

"An Acceptable Loss" is truly a loss.

Jan 23, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

What makes "An Acceptable Loss" a slightly better than even proposition are not just the performances of Sumpter and Curtis, but the dynamic that's established between them.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If you want somebody to save the neighborhood, or to blow up the planet, Jamie Lee Curtis is the one. She has the smile, the moves, the haircut, and the chops. Now all she needs is the directors to match.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

[An Acceptable Loss] feels gripping only if you compare it to a random couple of hours of C-SPAN.

Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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