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Molly's Game

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China, Canada, United States · 2017
2h 20m
Director Aaron Sorkin
Starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera
Genre Crime, Drama

Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game. Her clients include Hollywood stars, athletes, and the Russian Mob. Charlie Jaffey, Molly's criminal defense lawyer and ally, discovers there is much more to her than what the tabloids report.

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The Guardian by Benjamin Lee

Sorkin is spellbound by his subject, fascinated by the many details of her admittedly impressive life, but the magic he clearly feels fails to translate on screen.


CineVue by Christopher Machell

With Sorkin's signature whip-crack dialogue driving an astonishingly assured directorial debut, Molly's Game is an exhilarating, superbly crafted crime drama.


The Film Stage by Christopher Schobert

When Molly’s Game is good, it’s very, very good. There are dazzling moments throughout, and it’s clear that Sorkin is having a blast. Much of the film is downright intoxicating, just like the world Molly Bloom found herself in.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

The subtly profound ways in which this movie distorts the recent past makes it one of the most radically entertaining things its iconoclastic scribe has ever written.


Slant Magazine by Jake Cole

There's a blank space at the core of Molly's Game that the protagonist cannot fill, unable as she is to represent anything beyond her esoteric narrative of unorthodox self-actualization.


The Playlist by Kevin Jagernauth

Sorkin’s swordsman-like pen continually keeps the picture engaging; his knack for one-liners and absurd dialogue detail remains finely attuned.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Molly’s Game delivers one of the screen’s great female parts — a dense, dynamic, compulsively entertaining affair, whose central role makes stunning use of Chastain’s stratospheric talent.


Consequence of Sound by Sarah Kurchak

Molly’s Game is a successful crime drama, but it’s also a film that acknowledges the presence of both good and bad luck in the pursuit of excellence. Most importantly, it allows failure to exist as a living and breathing entity, rather than a tragic ending or a fate simply suffered by the morally impure. And that is what you might call exceptional.

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