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6.8 out of 10

Fair Game

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Overall 4

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tecnoandre, FilmCrave
14 January 2012
  • Summary: Biographical film drama directed by Doug Liman and starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.[2] It is based on Valerie Plame's memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House and Joseph C. Wilson's memoir "The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir". Naomi Watts stars as Plame and Sean Penn as her husband, Joseph C. Wilson.Dense and complex.
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Overall 6

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Daniel Corleone, FilmCrave
1 August 2011
  • Summary: The marriage of Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) and CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) are on the rocks because of political issues. I was thoroughly engaged with the film's plot/story from start to end. The dialogue never bores and the pace of the movie increases when certain information have been leaked. Powerful performances and the additional live material really helped as well. A nice realistic and intellectual drama for anyone to enjoy.
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CitizenCharlie, Metacritic
5 May 2011
  • Summary: Fair Game reminds me in 2011 that I am still upset about the events of 2003.
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Overall 10

War and Spin ... then the result?

Nemesis42, IMDb
11 April 2011
  • Summary: War. Media. Spin. Economics. We must be reminded that the media is a scathing dog, a venomous snarler that can be fighting for you or against you. The witnesses to this battle of info-rage get brainwashed, we get brainwashed, and become the court of public opinion. While the movie does not address the reasons the war was started, it brilliantly displays how official bullshit can be thrown over us like a comforting shroud, and that shroud can stimulate our anger as well...
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Overall 9

You're a good agent. But it's over.

supah79, IMDb
10 March 2011
  • Summary: Those were the words of Valerie Plame's superior right before he fired her. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do. If you cross paths with the most powerful people in the world: you get broken in half. It's that simple. Fair Game is my kind of movie: real characters, real people, real events. This movie confirms everything I already knew or suspected, but this is powerful stuff.
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Overall 8

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it...

dennispublic, IMDb
30 January 2011
  • Summary: First of all: I'm not an American, so I have no interest in any of the left wing vs right wing political immaturity that goes on there. And since I'm being honest: if this film was a work of fiction - it wouldn't have been that great, maybe a 6/10 IMDb rating. What makes this film absolutely mind blowing is that this stuff actually happened. Wow! You can argue the little details if you wish, but the bulk of this is public record and you're not kidding anyone.
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movieboy, Metacritic
29 January 2011
  • Summary: It would seem that one's response to this excellent film is colored by political affiliation. I thought it was a superbly made political drama that highlighted one aspect of the Bush/Cheney administrations b.s. that got us into Iraq. As to one user's reviewer complaining "this is fiction, not factual," based on Judith Miller's article in the Wall Street Journal, big deal. 1.
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Overall 10

Riveting from start to finish - a must see

phd_travel, IMDb
25 January 2011
  • Summary: This is an amazingly well put together movie. The screenplay is totally understandable. One of the best films about the process of going in to the Iraq War and the use of information at the time. I was superficially familiar with Plame's story but did not realize how vital her and her husband's work was in relation to the Iraq war. Naomi Watts does a very good job. She doesn't overact but you can see her vulnerability and passion.
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Overall 8

Redressing a small but nasty piece of political bastardry

Philby-3, IMDb
9 January 2011
  • Summary: In retrospect, the George "Dubyah" Bush administration seems to have been more incompetent than evil, but this movie holds the Bushies to account for what was a completely malicious and unjustified act, the outing of the covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, which put numerous undercover operations and informants at risk, solely because her husband former Ambassador Joe Wilson IV had the temerity to dissent publicly from the White House line that the Iraqi dictator Saddam...
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Overall 7

Fact and fiction balanced with terrific performances

msia91, IMDb
21 December 2010
  • Summary: From the opening scene in Malaysia to the mines of Niger and then to the streets of Baghdad, "Fair Game" begins as an espionage thriller, a "Bourne" film without the obligatory car chases, shootouts and fights, but rather, with a woman who uses her brains and intellect. Once the film shifts its focus back in the United States of America, the film takes a slight turn to the dramatic route and thus may seem melodramatic with this married people's lives being tinkered with...
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