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Fair Game Reviews

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 11, 2016
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.
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
January 6, 2013
Naomi Watt delivers but the script offers a lifeless story and too many one-dimensional characters to name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Miraudo
November 23, 2010
The tale seems too shocking to be true. There is material here for a masterpiece; a devastating document of modern history akin to All The President's Men. So why then is Liman's execution so ... flippant?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Siobhan Synnot
March 11, 2011
Condescending and clumsy, this never rises beyond boilerplate conventions: call it The Bored Identity.
Andreas Heinemann
February 8, 2011
...sets itself up as a political thriller, but abandons this path half way through to turn into a domestic melodrama and moralising political message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
November 26, 2010
If I wanted to hear someone's slanted view on our past and present governments, I'd turn on the television and listen to any of the loud and brash blowhards on Fox News or MSNBC.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 4, 2010
Most of the scenes depicting the couple's domestic life are borderline-banal, and they miniaturize the political drama that plays out partly in public, partly in the shadows but almost always in a middle distance just beyond emotional reach.
Mike Scott
January 7, 2011
An example of op-ed cinema. That is, when it's done right, it's edifying and absorbing -- but when it slips, as it often does here, it just feels like a chore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
December 15, 2010
Sanctimonious, schematic, and so bereft of insight that it never notices the performative similarities between secret agents and married couples
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
November 4, 2010
The only honest work in Fair Game comes from Naomi Watts, an actress who couldn't cheat if she wanted to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
March 5, 2011
It's never clear whether Sean Penn is aware just how annoying his character is - or if he genuinely thinks his finger-wagging smug- sack act is sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 1, 2010
Has all the excitement (and less of the depth) of a Wikipedia entry on the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
November 23, 2010
There's the usual pompous waffle implying that the very right to criticise makes America pretty damned heroic after all. But mostly it's just very forgettable.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 26, 2010
Fair Game gets agitated about its subject, but often has trouble inspiring the same outrage in its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
November 10, 2010
A tiring, overlong investigation of betrayal, Fair Game manages to nail a few heated high points, but not enough to combat the dramatic limitations of the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 5, 2010
Unless your pulse races at the mention of Robert Novak, you'll be underwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 2, 2010
The film's assertion of Plame and Wilson as real people rather than characters consists mostly of draining them of anything compelling.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
November 13, 2010
It's too little, too late - sanctimonious when it could have been a far more effective expose of political malfeasance and corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 4, 2010
A strident, condescending Hollywood melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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