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Molly's Game (15)

Biography, Drama

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.

The critical consensus

Cool story. Silly direction and bad acting, though.

Manuela Lazic, Little White Lies, 20/12/2017

It’s an intriguing look into a secret world and a great performance from Chastain, but Sorkin’s directorial debut never quite makes the leap from great poker movie to great movie.

***(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 22/12/2017

A great piece of barnstorming storytelling from West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 22/12/2017

Thanks to Sorkin’s caustic, witty screenplay and Chastain’s blazing performance, it never loses its momentum or its fatalistic humour.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 26/12/2017

Pure class. Chastain and Elba deserve Oscar noms, and Sorkin’s second Best Adapted Screenplay award (after The Social Network) is a sure thing.

****(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 28/12/2017

With its propulsive, savvy dialogue, Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut about a poker host who called rich men’s bluff has addictive and amoral snap.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28/12/2017

Playing high-stakes poker hostess Molly Bloom, Chastain carries Sorkin’s screenplay-heavy directorial debut – and sizzles with Idris Elba.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 31/12/2017

Surely the first rule of good screenwriting is to give your audience a reason to care?

**(*)(*)(*)Andy Lea, Sunday Express, 31/12/2017

As a director Sorkin owes more to the slam-bang mayhem of Danny Boyle than the visual elegance of David Fincher, but mostly he gets out of the way of his writing – delivering for good and ill (but mostly good) a full-throttle Sorkin ride.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 02/01/2018

Jessica Chastain is typically superb in a fascinating but flawed biopic, from Aaron Sorkin.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 25/12/2017

Features about Molly's Game (15)

'Poker princess' Molly Bloom on her stranger-than-fiction life

BBC, 10/12/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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