Summary: It’s a sad comment on today’s movie-going industry that this film wasn’t a box-office success. As time goes by, its armor-piercing honesty should gain influence and an audience. We can only hope.
Excerpt: The saga depicted in Fair Game could not be more complex with its issues of foreign politics, international war, and American political games. Those who followed this wide ranging, seemingly never ending saga of exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) should connect the dots.
Conclusion: Doug Liman did a good job on this movie but I still feel like it’s missing something. The performances are extremely good and I appreciated the efforts to make the movie as authentic as possible.
Conclusion: 'Fair Game' breezes through many of the meaty facts surrounding the case of Valerie Plame, but it's able to create a tension-filled thriller of sorts out of a story that isn't all that "thrilling." One thing to admire about the movie is that it never feels like it's preaching from a soap box.
Excerpt: Fair Game is a return to an earlier time we would like to pretend is much, much further in the past-- the dark days of Bush administration, as we were starting to understand the consequences of a war that had been trumped up on intelligence slowly revealed as misunderstood if not entirely...
Excerpt: Ostensibly the story of Valerie Plame, the CIA operative who wrote Fair Game: How A Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed By Her Own Government , Doug Liman’s fact-based drama Fair Game really belongs to Sean Penn, who adds Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson, to his gallery of unforgettable characters.
Conclusion: In the filmography of liberal-skewing, Bush-era true stories, this is a measured, persuasive item. It's questionable whether there's an appetite for hanging out more of the last decade's dirty laundry to dry in the multiplexes or 'For Your Consideration' awards bids, though.