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Wow! I hope everyone waited to see till the last credits coz they showed footage of the real CIA operative. What a roller coaster ride. A must see.
|8/10||shazjoao@ - 1726 reviews|
Politics on film can either be boring or worth our attention depending on the material. This one was kind of on the fence. Naomi Watts puts in a good performance and Sean Penn makes acting look easy. Not a bad movie.
|6/10||paulleslie12@ - 404 reviews|
8.4.2011 - age: 36-49
Very intelligent movie, I loved it! Great story. Loved how they showed not only the main character's life as an agent but her home life as well. Remarkable that it is true.
|8/10||dhdh1212@ - 19 reviews|
22.3.2011 - age: 36-49
Totally a great movie! I love true stories that teach us all a lesson in doing what is right no matter what the cost.
|9/10||jdbecker@ - 92 reviews|
11.2.2011 - age: 50+
It gives the viewer a realistic presentation of a real undercover operative. I will buy the movie.
|8/10||noreenfenrich2008@ - 4 reviews|
3.2.2011 - age: 50+
Very political, frustrating that a potentially good movie is so obviously a Sean Penn political statement.
|5/10||benr@ - 95 reviews|
27.1.2011 - age: 36-49
With all the news politicians and their stooges manufacture nowadays, I'm glad I saw this movie. It's nice to see the potential human ramifications of when politics & journalism go bad.
|9/10||jimble@ - 47 reviews|
18.1.2011 - age: 50+
This was a well done movie that really moved me about my own patriotism and the cost of betrayal as Valerie Plame was made " Fare Game " by the Bush government and dropped like a hot potato by the CIA. It went beyond Hollywood sensationalism and gave us all aspects of the delemma that Valerie Plame and her family faced. It demonstrated that we all have a breaking point and that life is about choices. I am listening to the audio book now and I have the hard copy from the local library as a project for study. I highly recommend it for well beyond entertainment. It is at the heart of all women and men who serve their country.
|8/10||justsurfing1@ - first review|
15.1.2011 - age: 50+
Good one, even if it never quite comes together. Stacked up against its cousin," All the President's Men," this movie stands much shorter. There's never quite enough tension in the movie, and the multiple pieces don't quite fit together. But it's still an exciting and emotional piece, gripping to the end. Well worth seeing.
|8/10||headlessthought@ - 23 reviews|
10.1.2011 - age: 36-49
You shouldn't miss this movie to know what's going on.
|9/10||monika@ - 38 reviews|
9.1.2011 - age: 50+
A must see, very well done, Watts and Penn are fantastic, especially Sean Pean as Joe Wilson, he channelled him! It's everything we've read of the story but even more. Very revealing of how the Bush government was ruthless, and lied to start a war with Iraq. Fascinating piece of history. Sad but true.
|9/10||anita.turcotte@ - first review|
I really enjoyed this and was particularly interested knowing it is a true story. It was very well acted.
|7/10||spencer@ - first review|
2.1.2011 - age: 50+
It's not a masterpiece but you still need to see it; probably the best movie of 2010. Penn takes the stage as usual, the story is well structured, and every actor is credible. I see this as a front runner for the Oscars, in front of True Grit, Rabbit Hole, and even 127 Hours. The Fighter might still take the honours though...
|10/10||gorehug@ - 2 reviews|
2.1.2011 - age: 36-49
THe acting was supurb. Details of a true story brought to light. Gives the public a glympse of inner workings of governments and espionage. Lots of action and suspense. Most interesting.
|9/10||cosmos21@ - 4 reviews|
27.12.2010 - age: 50+
I didn't know much about these events since I do not follow American politics. Nevertheless when the private events were leaked out to the public, they surely went out of their ways to find the source of who leaked out the information and bring them full extent of the law. I find this movie more of a drama than an action thriller. In the end I enjoyed this movie.
|7/10||metalandy2000@ - 84 reviews|
25.12.2010 - age: 36-49
This movie is great intertainment. Loved it from start to finish. Hope Scooter goes to see it.
|8/10||francoispregent@ - 2 reviews|
24.12.2010 - age: 50+
A sort of"ripped-from-the-headlines"story which does not necessarily praise the heroics of Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) or that of her husband Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) Although there is a modicum of suspence in the first act after Plame is outed as being a CIA operative by the Bush administration (was she "Bush-whacked"? ), the film provides its drama from the marriage that appears to be slowly unravelling. The story contains historical significance because it presents some of the first evidence that Bush and Chaney were lying about the presence of WMDs in Sadam Hussein's Iraq.
|7/10||wmxy221@ - 41 reviews|
22.12.2010 - age: 36-49
I normally tilt to the right. Although this is a point scored for the left, it is an excellent film. It is entertaining, and informative. The film does not set out promote a point of view (a la the drivel of Michael Moore) The Bush administration was mistaken in using WMD as the reason for invading Iraq. This film underscores that. Both Sean Penn and Naomi Watts are excellent in their roles.
|9/10||report@ - 21 reviews|
18.12.2010 - age: 50+
It shows how poorly the whole intelligence gathering business is handled in the US. In the UK anyone deliberately divulging the name of a MI5 or MI6 officer is guilty of treason. The men in the Bush White house who released the name of Valerie Palm as a CIA operative really should not have been tried or fined and certainly not pardoned. The appropriate punishment would have been to have a date with the hangman.
|7/10||jnropt@ - 3 reviews|
10.12.2010 - age: 50+
Liberal spin with facts distorted to match their views of history. Best suited for the Al Gore followers who think the Inconvenient Truth was a factual movie.
|1/10||whappychuk@ - 11 reviews|
8.12.2010 - age: 50+ - 2 replies
A fine, pedagogical film, reminding us of how pre-committed the Bush regime was to waging war, regardless of facts. Penn and Watts are terrific. Action-thriller this isn't, but one is engaged throughout by the human dramas, most movingly the loss of innocent Iraqi lives. Joe Wilson in the classroom scenes speaks, like the film, a bit didactically, but it's a more coherent and inspiring message than something like Lions for Lambs. Highly recommended.
|9/10||plyons@ - 2 reviews|
5.12.2010 - age: 50+
A well acted, well-told story based on reality! A worthwhile movie--part of history that all should go see!
|7/10||vblackie5@ - 272 reviews|
I knew the entire story of Valerie Plame and her husband Joseph Wilson but seeing it in a movie is even more interesting! The movie is well done and so are the performances of Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. Everyone should go see this movie most of all, for its story. The truth needs to be put out there! It shows the evil side of George W. Bush and his Republican administration who murdered hundred thousands of innocent lives when they already knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction. The war in Iraq was not necessary. It's infuriating!
|9/10||tigre62@ - 61 reviews|
4.12.2010 - age: 36-49
Far too long. The acting by Sean Penn was fine but the whole thing lacked any form of suspense or drama... Can we all petition Hollywood to stop with the Iraq stuff? It has been done to death now.
|3/10||psterl3384@ - 123 reviews|
4.12.2010 - age: 36-49 - 2 replies
Well directed and well acted. But more importantly reminds of the duplicity fo the Bush regime and a war fought for reasons that had nothing to do with 911. Cuts through the propaganda put out back then. NIce job. Sean Penn really hits his stride towards the end of the movie. Naomi Watts is believable through out. Interesting to watch this after seeing Insdie Job, Hollywood putting out some interesting political true stories lately.
|9/10||belro19@ - 98 reviews|
2.12.2010 - age: 50+
This movie is billed as an action/thriller. Well there's not much action and it isn't overly thrilling, however, it is very intriguing, extremely well acted and directed and I would consider it to be up for numerous Academy nods. A speillbinding look at the guts of the CIA and it's not so arms length working relationship with those in political powe.
|9/10||ralphgumdrop@ - 66 reviews|
28.11.2010 - age: 50+
Wherever you stand on the politics of the Plame episode, this is not a bad movie: well acted and interesting. But make no mistake, it is a whitewash of Wilson, portraying him and Plame as innocent victims. Don’t fall for this Hollywood propaganda—do a bit of reading on the issue. Wilson claimed Bush was a liar and that claim was simply not true. Official British and U. S. reports have made clear that Bush’s 16 words were actually well-founded. And talk about cherrypicking: the 16 words were part of a speech that was 5,454 words long. The Iraq part of that speech consisted of 1,255 words. Go back and read the speech, and especially the part about Iraq. Consider also that at the time Bush gave the speech, UN inspectors were crawling all over Iraq looking for WMDs (the film doesn’t even touch this), and reporting back that Saddam was obstructing them, as he had done all through the 1990s. Saddam admitted after he was captured that he had indeed deliberately obstructed the inspectors, so as to give Iran the impression that he was nuclear-armed. Wilson cherrypicked the Niger stuff, acted as if his fact-finding trip was the last word on WMD intelligence, and blew it out of proportion. Most important, he did all this as a partisan attack on the administration. Now he goes around telling everybody he is an altruistic whistleblower. He’s not. Everything that happened to Plame’s career thereafter was Wilson’s doing.
|7/10||steve.aplin@ - 14 reviews|
28.11.2010 - age: 50+ - 6 replies
This is a really interesting movie with an intellectual script. I can see why it appeals to the older crowd. When I was between the ages of 18 and 25 I don't know how much I paid attention to what was happening in the world. Naomi Watts and Sean Penn are perfect in their roles, and the closing credits piece was very touching. This movie shows why truth is always better than fiction, in more ways than one...
|7/10||ablack90@ - 55 reviews|
27.11.2010 - age: 36-49
Folks seem to have short memories and they keep repeating the same mistakes - giving the keys back to those who drove the bus in the ditch in the first place. So this is a must see movie. The abuse of power isn't limited to any one country so we need the reminders. Even though I knew the story, it was still riveting to watch it play out. Real lives were affected by the political games.
|9/10||dcosmob@ - 65 reviews|
23.11.2010 - age: 50+
Very good suspense. The reality of intelligence work and politics as it is. And a lesson on: how the religious right will stop at nothing to reach its goals.
|10/10||jfc_512002@ - first review|
21.11.2010 - age: 50+
It is a great movie, great acting and a slap in the face for all the corruption that brought us today in global crisis... Enjoyed it!
|10/10||blackpantherd@ - 25 reviews|
21.11.2010 - age: 26-35
Not an enjoyuable story, but important to see. Fine acting by Watts and Penn.
|7/10||bartgummbawl@ - 4 reviews|
21.11.2010 - age: 36-49
Couldn't help but notice the poor reviews were from young folks looking to be entertained rather than learn something about the real world which this story's goal, they probably should have seen Unstoppable instead. If you want a wide cross section of reviews to base your decision on check out yahoo movie reviews as well. This film was very well done and I'll bet with Penn and Watts in it there's probably a lot of realism to the film.
|10/10||jimedgar2@ - 177 reviews|
20.11.2010 - age: 50+
This film did not do it for me. There is little suspense and action and does not portray the real story very well. A good example of a poor book to movie adaptation.
|3/10||joeljustleft@ - 270 reviews|
18.11.2010 - age: 26-35
This film is not as good as the trailers. The best moments are indeed in the trailers. It is just too convoluted and overly dramatic but not in an entertaining way at all. I was expecting more from Mr Penn but his performance is too plain and choreographed.
|6/10||jilljustleft@ - 309 reviews|
18.11.2010 - age: 18-25
A movie worth seeing because it deals with important issues in current events. But the tone is garden variety earnest with very little of the suspense that might have been gained by fictionalizing events. Imagine how exciting the latter half could have been if Naomi Watt's character had been overseas, trapped in Iraq with the people abandoned by the CIA? Real tension would have made for a much more enjoyable film, rather than just a worthy but not terribly engaging current events piece.
|7/10||dgfcuk@ - 98 reviews|
17.11.2010 - age: 50+ - 4 replies
I admit to being a bit of a political junkie so a political docu-drama is playing to my sensibilities. In any case I feel the film was very well scripted and portrayed and recomend it as a must see for anyone who wants to understand what goes on behind the scenes in American power politics. Even for those that are not politically engaged, the film stands on it's own as an intense human drama. It is certainly not boring!!
|9/10||bwp33@ - 60 reviews|
12.11.2010 - age: 50+
I found the first part too cold, practically without emotions; the scenes where Sean Penn appeared were closer to real-life, which made me want to stay. The rest of the film was pretty good.
|6/10||lucie_160@ - 38 reviews|
11.11.2010 - age: 50+
Boring with a capital "B". They should have put this movie under the category of Documentary because action/ thriller was a major stretch of the word. Yes it depicts a true story and it is shocking what happened but as a movie it was way too slow and boring. I was thinking about the laundry and lunches that I needed to make and the zillion other things on my to do list and my husband was snoring literally beside me. But for all those documentary lovers this is the movie for you.
|4/10||redalert1@ - 2 reviews|
11.11.2010 - age: 36-49
A true non fiction flick. I read the book this as good an adaptation as u can find thrilling suspense real grat combination.
|10/10||georger@ - first review|
8.11.2010 - age: 50+ - One reply
Excellent movie! The acting is terrific. Shawn Penn and Naomi Watts were both great. It's scary to think what the government is capable of. Well worth seeing. One of the better movies out there.
|7/10||marygalletti@ - 24 reviews|
7.11.2010 - age: 50+
This is a great movie so much so that when it was over the majority of the people were still sitting in their seats. I think stunned. How much do you distrust the BUSH administration.
|9/10||willbrunskill@ - 16 reviews|
7.11.2010 - age: 50+