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Miss Sloane (15)

Drama, Thriller

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.

The critical consensus

As it becomes increasingly slick and contrived, Miss Sloane seems to lose sight of the better film it might have been but it contains some great banter, a cast of old pros like John Lithgow, and Chastain is firing on all cylinders.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 08/05/2017

Hard to root for but mesmerising to watch, Sloane is expertly portrayed by Chastain in this dialogue-heavy lobbyist thriller that should please fans of both actor and genre.

***(*)(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 09/05/2017

John Madden reunites with Jessica Chastain following 2010's 'Debt' in satirical thriller whose plot is a bit creaky for a feature film but has a powerful performance by the 'Zero Dark Thirty' star.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 10/05/2017

Chastain stalks the corridors of power with steely aplomb in Madden’s coolly compelling incursion into House of Cards territory.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 08/05/2017

Its story about an unscrupulous political operator’s determination to take on the all-powerful gun lobby is so preposterously plotted and so full of self-righteous grandstanding it becomes laughable.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/05/2017

Jessica Chastain is as great as ever, but…that ending, jeez.

**(*)(*)(*)Matt Thrift, Little White Lies, 12/05/2017

It is a little glib and contrived but not enough to spoil the fun.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 12/05/2017

The actor shines as a tough Washington lobbyist in this murky political thriller.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 14/05/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday June 9, 2017, until Thursday June 15, 2017. More info:

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