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As a covert officer in the CIA's Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie's husband, diplomat JOE WILSON (Sean Penn), is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and ignites a firestorm of controversy.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This isn't a message movie, per se, but a strong point of view comes through regardless: In the battle of principles vs. politics, politics always win."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Fair Game" is such a brutal and personal testimony to the consequences of dirty politics that it often feels too ugly to be true. Unfortunately, it is."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Naomi Watt delivers but the script offers a lifeless story and too many one-dimensional characters to name."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Gripping real-life spy movie Fair Game, a sober and sobering account of the double-dealing of the Bush White House in the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The script is intelligent, the acting is understated yet powerful, and the actors were well cast at all levels."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"An absorbing, unhysterical thriller that largely rejects the clichés of the genre."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"For every spycraft scene, every illustration of the deadly blowback from the leak that Liman dramatizes, the movie has half a dozen scenes of a delicately balanced home life turned on its head by a government bent on destroying one of its critics."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"If the filmmakers had skimmed off some of the exposition from the first half, and tightened it up in order to get to the main part of the story faster, it would have worked a lot better."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Despite its flaws, this movie feels necessary."
‑ Mayer Nissim, Digital Spy
"confirmation that all is well for only as long as everyone agrees not to know anything"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The blind-siding of Valerie Plame wasn't fair and wasn't a game, but this cinematic outcome is a touchdown for true patriots."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Naomi Watts settles for semi-inscrutability while Penn, engaging as he is, is encouraged, particularly toward the end, to deliver his performance from the lectern."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Another of Participant Media's earnest, well-meaning, well-made, but rather dry efforts that definitely do their job in conveying the intended message but not so much as engaging drama."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The cast is great, but the material is dated, and the political thrills are not always perfectly sharp."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Terrific acting and a sharp, brainy script hold our interest, but we never properly feel the emotional punch."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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