A suspense-filled glimpse into the dark corridors of political power, FAIR GAME is a riveting action-thriller based on the autobiography of real-life undercover CIA operative VALERIE PLAME (Naomi Watts), whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was exposed by a politically motivated press leak. As a covert officer in the CIA’s Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie’s husband, diplomat JOE WILSON (Sean Penn), is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and ignites a firestorm of controversy.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Liman skillfully intercuts television news footage of the president and administration officials with a skilled cast of actors.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 11.11.2010
You'd have to go back to All the President's Men for a better example of fresh American political scandal being turned into slam-bang, star-powered drama.J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 11.12.2010
For every spycraft scene, every illustration of the deadly blowback from the leak that Liman dramatizes, the movie has half a dozen scenes of a delicately balanced home life turned on its head by a government bent on destroying one of its critics.Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 11.17.2010
There's the usual pompous waffle implying that the very right to criticise makes America pretty damned heroic after all. But mostly it's just very forgettable.Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia), 11.23.2010