Molly's Game

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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 Molly may not have been the most sympathetic character in the world, Chastain did an excellent job in the role. Sorkin was as sharp as ever.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

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The first five minutes, giving you Molly's sports background, are utterly fantastic. They set a pace the movie somehow keeps up, although the rest of the story contains mostly people talking. But the editing is so breathless and the writing so on point that it sometimes feel like an action film, going back and forth. The actors are top notch, especially Chastain and Elba, the camera work has a few trick up its sleeves too. For a topic that does not sound particularly exciting on paper, the result is an incredibly engaging and ultimately even moving film.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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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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