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Miss Sloane

7.52 h 12 min2016X-Ray15
The most sought-after and formidable lobbyist in D.C., Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), takes on the most powerful opponent of her career: the gun lobby.
John Madden
Jessica ChastainMark StrongGugu Mbatha-Raw
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Alison PillMichael StuhlbargJake LacyDavid Wilson BarnesRaoul BhanejaChuck ShamataChristine BaranskiSam WatersonJohn Lithgow
Ben BrowningKris ThykierAriel Zeitoun
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4.5 out of 5 stars

377 global ratings

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  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
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Amz UserReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great plot, maintains suspense, Jessica Chastain's performance impactful - and 'Yecch!' to the Lobbying Industry
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Watched it on Prime, but good enough to be worth forking out for the DVD.
The fact that a lot of papers only gave this a 3 star review, citing 'implausibility' and the consequential meagre box-office receipts is enough to make you wonder whether the Lobbying Fraternity itself didn't turn their attention pro bono to bringing this coruscating movie down.
Why watch it? Firstly, great tension all the way through - and personally I didn't feel it did this in a contrived way (all the way to the surprise ending).
In the early part of the film it does suffer from that annoyingly slick Aaron Sorkin type of dialog - no human being really talks that way you know, even if some of us are impressed by that kind of thing - but the plot and Jessica Chastain's performance make up for that minor annoyance.
The first-time writer (Jonathan Perera) was a high-flying lawyer who did thorough research on the whole lobbying industry, and if only 20% of what he writes is accurate, the film should be enough to make your hair stand on end.
Many reviews are strangely and unnecessarily vituperative - the Irish Times said it was 'utterly daft' and 'operates at the level of a mildly smart high-school student who hasn’t yet grasped the real indicators of intelligence', which is way off the mark but representative of the negative criticism levelled at this movie.
We don't get to find out really anything about Chastain's character and her background apart from a few seconds worth of tantalising gestures and expressions, which would normally be an issue for me - but then this is a plot-driven movie at the end of the day, and it works just fine doing that.
There is a curious asexuality to the character - not quite the 'more balls than you' type of attitude, though she does manage to eschew showing practically any of the traits conventionally associated with the female sex. Then again, the Greeks had Medea and Phaedra and they're still doing the rounds...
Overall a great first script (and the directing by John Madden fits it well), but Perera's next script - should he still have any appetite for Tinsel Town - would do well to perhaps spend a little more time on character background, even if the plot of this particular movie is so good that the lack of it here is no big deal. He sounds an interesting and decent guy on interview, so no doubt he has the smarts to be able to do it.
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D. NICHOLLSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 December 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ms Chastain does it again!
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Jessica Chastain presents a driven woman yet again, a ‘high’ achiever, tempted by the prospect of winning bigger than she ever has before: no matter that it could not be this way in the USA.

Jonathan Perera, in writing about lobbying, says he chose “the issue of gun safety mainly because it’s tragically never far from the headlines and also LEAST LIKELY TO CHANGE”.

“Lobbying is about foresight, about anticipating your opponents moves and devising counter measures. The winner plots one step ahead of the opposition and plays her trump card just after they play theirs. It’s about making sure you surprise them – and they don’t surprise you.”
There is mention of Socrates at the beginning of the movie which almost acts as a leitmotif when we consider the death of Socrates and the ‘Apology’ of Plato. Miss Sloane protests that she does not exist in “ethical limbo”. So yes, a very slick production, as befitting the mercenary world of politics, and with very sharp dialogue.

And, yes, an apology before she plays her trump card. And, having lived on the edge, “Career suicide is not so bad when you consider the alternative is suicide by career”.

“In order to let conscience prevail as the supreme authority … you need a good measure of unscrupulousness”. Spalatin (played by Fabian Hinrichs) to Martin Luther (Maximilian Bruckner) in the German movie made for TV production Reformation.
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J. McDonaldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Miss Sloane.
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A cleverly plotted political drama that firmly centres on Jessica Chastain`s portrayal of a ruthless and rather unlikeable lobbyist; it reveals the murky, dirty world of American politics of a type gaining leverage in our own country if we don't start paying attention; it's an interesting and twisting narrative that engages the astute viewer right to the end.
Slickly paced and beautifully filmed, this is an impressive movie one will wish to watch again even when the resolution is known.
The standard UK DVD has a 10-minute featurette as it`s only extra; English subtitles are available of required – but not for the featurette.
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Dr MReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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A very intense film where the tactics of the main character are explained in the first few minutes and yet you still do not see the ploys coming. Big corrupt politics and powerful organisations rule but...Miss Sloane is one step ahead or is she? The anti-gun lobby theme is not ant-gun but more about better controls of who can get a firearm. However, any theme could have been used to show lobbying at its peak. A film to watch again (like "Sixth Sense) to relish the bits you missed. I wish more films were as well crafted.
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Legal VampireReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
first rate performance in title role by Jessica Chastain
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Good film, centred on a first rate performance in the title role by Jessica Chastain as a ruthless, brilliant and cunning lobbyist/spin doctor type person in Washington DC. If Ms Chastain is not nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for this then there is something wrong in Hollywood. Credit also to the script writer and Director for their parts in making it possible.

I cannot say too much about how the character of ‘Miss Sloane’ and her career develop without giving away the plot. However, although such a role could easily have been written and played as pure and simple evil, as most people assume successful paid lobbyists and spin doctors must be, she turns out to be more complicated and individual than that.

The only previous film in which I have seen Jessica Chastain is ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (about the assassination of Osama bin Laden), in which she was also extremely good. There she played an apparently different kind of role, more straight and principled in her dealings with other people. However, the two characters are somewhat reminiscent of each other in that each is dedicated to succeeding at her work at considerable sacrifice, and we are left wondering what each of them will do with the rest of her life when she has finished the job she set out to do.

At a little over 2 hours this is a slightly longer than average film. If watching at home you may want to take a break at some point, or watch it over two days. As with many films it gets better as it goes along, so, if the first few minutes do not enthral you, do not give up on it.

On the disc, the only ‘Extra’ is an interesting although quite short ‘making of’ documentary including brief interviews with many of the cast and others involved in the making of this film. A surprising number of both speak with English accents when not, in the case of the cast, ‘in character’, although the film is entirely set in the USA, mostly in Washington DC, and firmly set in the American political system. However, there are of course evil lobbyist / spin doctor people in other democracies, including ours. Jessica Chastain herself is North American, although she looks and seems different interviewed as herself rather than acting the role.

Jessica C’s own performance in the central role is certainly 5 star material. Overall I give this film a strong 4 stars, as most of the supporting cast are perfectly good rather than outstanding and, I am not sure the film stands up so well to repeat viewing, once one knows how the story will develop.
A R NieldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great performances from Jessica Chastain and everyone around her
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An engaging film, almost a courtroom drama by the end, although plenty of action before. Shines a light on the lobbying industry and if it is exaggerated - as some critics suggest - I'm sure it's based on realities. The gun lobby doesn't come out of it very well, but then again it doesn't deserve to. Great performances from Jessica Chastain and everyone around her. Sharp script and the outcome keeps you guessing. A very enjoyable way of passing a couple of hours.
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J. Scott-mandevilleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Miss Clever Clever outwits them all
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Jessica Chastain is one of my favourite film actresses of this generation and she excels in this polished film about the corruption of political lobbying in Washington DC. The slick and seemingly effortless cleverness of Miss Sloane is perfectly realised by smart and intelligent Chastain, rising to greater heights with her wide range of acting ability. She is utterly compelling in this movie. Well worth watching.
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TheSkipperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Great Acting But Liberal Storyline Sucks
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They chose the gun issue again for another story aimed at destroying the second amendment. Yes globalists want your guns, because a population that can stand up for their rights, is hard to have those rights removed, than one who can't, same story throughout history. These films are made specifically to force the undercurrent of gun control to the masses, in a very emotional way.
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