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Molly's Game (2018)



Critic Consensus: Powered by an intriguing story and a pair of outstanding performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Molly's Game marks a solid debut for writer-director Aaron Sorkin.

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MOLLY'S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

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While the script crackles and excites, the film itself is profoundly uncinematic.

January 24, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Most of the arias in Molly's Game don't achieve liftoff, and so neither does the movie.

January 12, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

If you're fond of Sorkin's script flourishes, then Molly's Game is for you.

January 6, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a "Game" that couldn't be more fun to watch.

January 5, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Even though this is Sorkin's directing debut, quite a bit of the clarity comes from the visuals, annotated when necessary, precisely shot and edited with nearly every trick known to contemporary filmmaking.

December 28, 2017 | Full Review…
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It's tempting to think of "Molly's Game" in poker terms: Sorkin's holding a queen, a king, and at least a couple of aces, but the tell is that he talks too much, and in the end you realize he's bluffing.

December 28, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Molly's Game

Despite a Freudian tête-à-tête between father and daughter close to the end that threatens to ruin the whole thing, Jessica Chastain is wonderful and makes this film entertaining enough no matter how exhausting it may feel to keep up with Sorkin's incessant, rapid-fire dialogue.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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I may be a sucker for Sorkin's scripts, but there's no denying how great a writer he is, especially after watching this film, and it turns out, he is a pretty good director too. This is an interesting story about an incredibly interesting woman told in an interesting manner. Chastain is terrific and Elba is great, but the real star is the complex and engrossing life of Molly Bloom and Sorkin' screenplay about her.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

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Molly's Game is Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, clearly having studied at the altar of David Fincher, and he packs a lot into his 140 minutes chronicling the rise and fall of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), a former Olympic hopeful who found herself running an expensive, private series of poker games. She's drawn into an unfamiliar world and through her tenacious grit, preparation, and fortitude, she is able to become a fixture amongst the rich. Then the FBI comes knocking and wants to charge her in conjunction with being part of a Russian money laundering operation. Driven by a fierce performance from Chastain, Molly's Game is a gloriously entertaining movie that glides by. It burns through so much plot so quickly, so much information, that you feel like you might have downloaded Bloom's book while watching. The musical Sorkin dialogue has never sounded better than through the chagrined, take-no-prisoners Chastain. The snappy dialogue pops, the characters are richly realized, and even during its more outlandish moments, like a surprise paternal reunion therapy session, Sorkin packs multiple movies of entertainment in one brisk, excellently manicured production. Nate's Grade: A-

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

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