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3.1
531 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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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Molly's Game

    [That frosted FKA Twig tho!] Sorkin=The Ovid/Dante of Screenwriting. Chastain will give a run for its money to McDormand, Streep, Ronan, Ejogo, Winslet, Mara, Waterston, Portman, Blanchett, Keough, Ridley, Wright, Hoeks, Juri, Armas, Rihanna & Delevingne> long overdue (oh hi Tree of Life) - I reckon this may well be a sort of spiritual successor - character-wise - to that one, here she plays a bawss Mother Nature.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Molly's Game

    This is a solid film that features incredible performances from Jessica Chastain, who is an absolute knock out in this in every way and Idris Elba who maintains his badass charisma and intensity, making it a rollercoaster ride as these two acting titans take their craft to a whole other level. Sorkin can definitely write some words but his directing is flat and it feels like the actors are what make this film good.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Molly's Game

    Interesting enough story that is just absolutely ruined by showy, cliche-riddled writing, murky and dated lighting, way too much voice-over and a cripplingly duration. I smelt a rat the moment her helmet and goggles magically slid up next to her after the ski-accident. 2.5 stars

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film Molly's Game

    The thing about Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama is, it's always Aaron Sorkin's film/show first, everyone else's second, and nothing is more evident about that than MOLLY'S GAME; You don't always need Fincher's exquisite lensing or Boyle's energetic editing to make a good Aaron Sorkin film (though those are all a magnificent bonus in itself). You just need an Aaron Sorkin's script.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Molly's Game

    Sorkin's excellent scripting serves him well in his directorial debut as he delivers a fine vehicle for star Jessica Chastain that plays to her strengths. Technically the film is well edited and designed with impressive camerawork from Charlotte Christensen. In the end the film succeeds on the power of its story and framework and the dedicated turn by Chastain.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Molly's Game

    I'm warming to the star persona of Jessica Chastain. Aaron Sorkin's writer-director credentials have brought out scintillating nuances in characterisation and utilises the strengths of her presence on screen. The exploration of gender politics takes on a new variable. This is not simply a battle of the sexes rendition; contrasting traits of alpha and beta men are explored revealing new layers in the social discourse.

  • Jason's rating of the film Molly's Game

    Sorkin has always struck me as a writer whose highs are counterbalanced by lamentable lows (often within the same work). The highs here are intoxicating. We often hear voice-over denigrated as the lazy writer's easy out, but whilst Chastain's Molly remains the organizing intelligence of the film proper, MOLLY'S GAME is superlative. When the film is handed over to lengthy patches of dialogue, however, things get iffy.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Molly's Game

    There is one common trait almost all gambling dramas share: they make the audience want to be the protagonist for the first half of the film only to retain roughly 1/3 of the same people by the time the credits roll. "Molly's Game" is one of the most compelling films of the genre since Martin Scorsese's "Casino." Forget shooting and scoring, Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut is the equivalent of a triple-double.

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