Molly's Game

2017, Biography/Drama, 2h 21m

303 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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The true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, 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, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.

Cast & Crew

Idris Elba
Charlie Jaffey
Chris O'Dowd
Douglas Downey
Bill Camp
Harlan Eustice
Graham Greene
Judge Foxman
Michael Kostroff
Louis Butterman
Jon Bass
Shelly Habib
J.C. MacKenzie
Harrison Wellstone
Aaron Sorkin
Screenwriter
Leopoldo Gout
Executive Producer
Stuart M. Besser
Executive Producer
Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Cinematographer
Elliot Graham
Film Editor
Josh Schaeffer
Film Editor
Daniel Pemberton
Original Music
David Wasco
Production Design
Susan Lyall
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Critic Reviews for Molly's Game

All Critics (303) | Top Critics (71) | Fresh (246) | Rotten (57)

  • Overall, the film comes across as robustly offering testimony for its subject rather than really offering a portrait; it rather presents itself as a character witness for a woman of more probity and principle than her chosen career would suggest.

    March 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Molly's Game is an entertaining and confident debut for Aaron Sorkin, even if it's definitely too long.

    February 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I was riveted from beginning to end with Molly's Game. It has some of the best performances of the year, it has some of the best writing of the year and it has a true life story that is so vastly strange and unbelievable that it truly has to be witnessed.

    February 5, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • While the script crackles and excites, the film itself is profoundly uncinematic.

    January 25, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Based on real events, this tale of a talented woman trying to make it in a Hollywood stacked against her gains extra currency in the post-Weinstein climate.

    January 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…
  • Overall, the film comes across as robustly offering testimony for its subject rather than really offering a portrait; it rather presents itself as a character witness for a woman of more probity and principle than her chosen career would suggest.

    March 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Molly's Game is an entertaining and confident debut for Aaron Sorkin, even if it's definitely too long.

    February 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I was riveted from beginning to end with Molly's Game. It has some of the best performances of the year, it has some of the best writing of the year and it has a true life story that is so vastly strange and unbelievable that it truly has to be witnessed.

    February 5, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • While the script crackles and excites, the film itself is profoundly uncinematic.

    January 25, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain managed to convey what it is like to have integrity and drive in equal measure as a woman in a world designed by men.

    July 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • You just have to decide if the in-the-moment experience is enough. For me, at least this time, I think it was.

    July 20, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Molly's Game

  • May 30, 2019
    Extraordinarily compelling, Molly's Game is a fascinating biopic about an Olympic-class skater turned gaming entrepreneur. The film follows the life of Molly Bloom who fell out of competitive skiing after a debilitating injury and moved to LA where she got involved with underground poker and eventually struck out on her own and started running her own games until they were raided by the FBI. Jessica Chastain gives an excellent performance and is backed by a strong supporting cast, including Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. And writer/director Aaron Sorkin does a good job at explaining the inner workings of underground poker. Additionally, the flashback narrative structure helps to keep the film moving and builds intrigue. Molly's Game is an incredibly captivating drama with an interesting story to tell and a positive message about standing up for ones principles.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2018
    high on the entertainment-meter
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2018
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2018
    Features Sorkin at his very best (enjoyable quip filled dialogue that propels the plot forward) and his absolute worst (the main character comes to understand herself because a man explains her to her). Chastain is the glue that kinda makes it all work even if it is problematic at times.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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