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610 Ratings

Molly's Game

Directed by Aaron Sorkin
United States, China, 2017
Drama, Biography, Crime


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.

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Molly's Game Directed by Aaron Sorkin

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay

BAFTA Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay

Directors Guild of America

2018 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film

Molly Bloom’s (Jessica Chastain’s) pre-poker career as an Olympic skier, her overachieving family, the lengthy trial after her arrest, her problems with the IRS — none of that was interesting. Nor is Sorkin’s exhaustive look at a blade of grass on a ski slope, something he sees as the film’s key image. I came to this movie to play cards, not to learn how to ski.
April 19, 2018
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The first film directed by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the script, is dominated by the imaginary clatter of his computer keyboard; the quality of the screenplay takes a back seat to its quantity, and the direction never brings it to life. . . . Molly’s voice-over, which runs throughout the film, explains the logic behind her practical decisions while also detailing the skills and the wiles of poker players, yet Sorkin narrows her analytical intelligence to superficial flash.
December 25, 2017
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Empowerment is one way to look at this story, though only if you sentimentalize its main character. It is hard not to wonder how this movie might have turned out if Mr. Sorkin had decided his protagonist was as much a weasel as the one he wrote for “The Social Network,” another story of an American striver. It’s hard not to wonder, too, how this story might play if its protagonist wasn’t a woman who, as this movie sees it, needed so much male defending.
December 24, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Molly's Game

    [That frosted FKA Twig tho!] Sorkin=The Ovid/Dante of Screenwriting. Chastain will give a run for its money to McDormand, Streep, Ronan, Ejogo, Winslet, Mara, Waterston, Portman, Blanchett, Keough, Ridley, Wright, Hoeks, Juri, Armas, Rihanna & Delevingne> long overdue (oh hi Tree of Life) - I reckon this may well be a sort of spiritual successor - character-wise - to that one, here she plays a bawss Mother Nature.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Molly's Game

    **1/2. Another vain success story. Writer-Director Aaron Sorkin seems to be fascinated by people earning big money by manipulating other people (Molly's Game) or the entire world (Steve Jobs, The Social Network). If I admire the performance of the actors here, I also have to admit that this peculiar story didn't interest me at all. Almost already forgotten.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Molly's Game

    This is a solid film that features incredible performances from Jessica Chastain, who is an absolute knock out in this in every way and Idris Elba who maintains his badass charisma and intensity, making it a rollercoaster ride as these two acting titans take their craft to a whole other level. Sorkin can definitely write some words but his directing is flat and it feels like the actors are what make this film good.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Molly's Game

    You can find the story compelling or like Sorkin as writer but the same Sorkin brings all the things i hate in today´s directing, choosing "The Big Short" as model for his heavy filmmaking. Which means cool, overly confident and vulgar, using image only as illustration. The editing cuts as short as possible the dialogues to produce artificial speed but it is all smoke and nothing hides behind this pale Scorsese copy.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Molly's Game

    Interesting enough story that is just absolutely ruined by showy, cliche-riddled writing, murky and dated lighting, way too much voice-over and a cripplingly duration. I smelt a rat the moment her helmet and goggles magically slid up next to her after the ski-accident. 2.5 stars

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film Molly's Game

    The thing about Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama is, it's always Aaron Sorkin's film/show first, everyone else's second, and nothing is more evident about that than MOLLY'S GAME; You don't always need Fincher's exquisite lensing or Boyle's energetic editing to make a good Aaron Sorkin film (though those are all a magnificent bonus in itself). You just need an Aaron Sorkin's script.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Molly's Game

    2.5 Idris Elba does a fantastic job trying to make this movie more exciting. Unfortunately, the story is mostly a repetitive series of flashbacks: Jessica Chastain in short dresses, fancy poker tables, and swanky rooms. Perhaps gamblers are the target audience. I found Molly's ultimate decision to be silly, as her name doesn't seem like anything sacrosanct at this point. Take the money and run!

  • msmichel's rating of the film Molly's Game

    Sorkin's excellent scripting serves him well in his directorial debut as he delivers a fine vehicle for star Jessica Chastain that plays to her strengths. Technically the film is well edited and designed with impressive camerawork from Charlotte Christensen. In the end the film succeeds on the power of its story and framework and the dedicated turn by Chastain.

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