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6.1
/10
619 Ratings

Molly's Game

Directed by Aaron Sorkin
United States, China, 2017
Drama, Biography, Crime

Synopsis

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

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Molly's Game Directed by Aaron Sorkin

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay

BAFTA Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay

Directors Guild of America

2018 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film

Molly Bloom’s (Jessica Chastain’s) pre-poker career as an Olympic skier, her overachieving family, the lengthy trial after her arrest, her problems with the IRS — none of that was interesting. Nor is Sorkin’s exhaustive look at a blade of grass on a ski slope, something he sees as the film’s key image. I came to this movie to play cards, not to learn how to ski.
April 19, 2018
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The first film directed by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the script, is dominated by the imaginary clatter of his computer keyboard; the quality of the screenplay takes a back seat to its quantity, and the direction never brings it to life. . . . Molly’s voice-over, which runs throughout the film, explains the logic behind her practical decisions while also detailing the skills and the wiles of poker players, yet Sorkin narrows her analytical intelligence to superficial flash.
December 25, 2017
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Empowerment is one way to look at this story, though only if you sentimentalize its main character. It is hard not to wonder how this movie might have turned out if Mr. Sorkin had decided his protagonist was as much a weasel as the one he wrote for “The Social Network,” another story of an American striver. It’s hard not to wonder, too, how this story might play if its protagonist wasn’t a woman who, as this movie sees it, needed so much male defending.
December 24, 2017
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