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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Naomi Watts
Sean Penn
Ty Burrell
Directors
Screenwriters
Jez Butterworth
John-Henry Butterworth
Running Time
108 minutes

Fair Game
No, not the Cindy Crawford one...


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Fair Game

Plot
In 2002, the CIA sends former ambassador Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) to Niger to investigate a possible sale of uranium to Saddam Hussein. Wilson reports that the sale didn't happen, and publicly protests when President Bush persists in using it as a justification for his Iraq War. Then news leak outs Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), is a CIA agent.


Verdict
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.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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