Fair Game
Fair Game (2010)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It struggles with the balance between fact-based biopic and taut political thriller, but Fair Game brims with righteous anger -- and benefits from superb performances by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Fair Game was in no way a terrible movie, but with a scattered storyline and somewhat caricature-like performances by both leads, it failed to connect as it should have.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

An absorbing, unhysterical thriller that largely rejects the clichés of the genre.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Fair Game is smart, beautifully-acted, and unapologetic.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The blind-siding of Valerie Plame wasn't fair and wasn't a game, but this cinematic outcome is a touchdown for true patriots.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press

It should be gripping stuff, but Liman combines too much information with too much pontificating to create an uneasy blend of slow-paced political thriller and family drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A compelling and well-written political drama based on an outraging, shocking real story, and the most interesting is to see how the whole situation deeply… More
Cynthia S.
I am NOT a political movie fan. However, this movie was extremely interesting. This would have been a fantastic movie even if it was fiction. But, what made… More
Jim Hunter
During the run-up to the Second Iraq War, the Bush Administration released the name of a CIA agent whose husband was critical of Bush's… More
Raymond Wieser
A fantastic political thriller type film that features great performances from Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, but it moves a little too slowly in parts, and gives… More
Tony Gandía
"Fair Game" is not as engrossing as it should be considering its subject matter and pedigree.
Josh Morris
Fair Game is a well produced op ed page, as if written by the film's protagonist, disgruntled diplomat Joe Wilson (Sean Penn). Director Liman has made… More