(I) (2010)

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88
For a nation at war with its own values, Fair Game is a compelling, pertinent and scrupulously true political thriller in the honorable tradition of "All the President's Men."
83
Fair Game gets you riled up all over again at a deeply unpatriotic abuse of power.
80
Though based on a true story with a well-known outcome, Doug Liman's Fair Game is as suspenseful as any fictional thriller -- and considerably more tragic.
80
Liman outfits the film with spy-thriller packaging worthy of his "The Bourne Identity," so the film probably will attract above-average coin and possibly awards attention.
75
Watts is the movie's soul, thoughtful and deep-revolving.
75
More admirable than riveting, Fair Game works best as a portrait of power games at the highest levels.
75
Watts gives a deep and Oscar-worthy performance here, displaying the steely composure that made Plame a valued NOC (non-official cover operative).
75
Physically Watts is of course a decent match for the even more aggressively glamorous Plame; in spirit, it would seem, they are even closer. In the field Plame was first and foremost an actress, a pretender whose belief in her pretending was often of mortal consequence.
75
What's effective is how matter-of-fact Fair Game is. This isn't a lathering, angry attack picture.
70
It seems to be doing everything right but still doesn't manage to leave you with a completely satisfied feeling.
63
Spends too much time covering ground well known from the headlines. But the scenes of the couple at home with their children and friends are uniquely fascinating, if not, in Wilson's words, "very 007-ish."
50
Wall Street Journal
Most of the scenes depicting the couple's domestic life are borderline-banal, and they miniaturize the political drama that plays out partly in public, partly in the shadows but almost always in a middle distance just beyond emotional reach.

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