“Miss Sloane” opens November 25, and it couldn’t be more timely. President-elect Donald Trump promises to “drain the swamp” of Washington lobbying and influence, and this film submerges us neck-deep in that swamp. As of this writing it has scored 65 on MetaCritic and 73% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes, and most of its praise has been reserved for its star, Jessica Chastain.
Chastain plays the title character, a ruthless political lobbyist who values winning above all else, but she also hates guns, so she takes on a seemingly unwinnable campaign to pass gun-control legislation. She’s a crusader, but she’s more antihero than hero, resorting to corrupt tactics to get her way. And critics love her for it. They call Chastain a “one-woman force of nature” who delivers a “tour de force” and “picks the part clean to the bone.”
Sloane has been compared to another famous Chastain character: Maya, the similarly dogged and determined CIA operative who helped track down Osama Bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012). Chastain earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for that role, which followed her Best Supporting Actress bid for her breakthrough performance in “The Help” (2011). Will the third time be the charm for the actress?
Check out some of the reviews below, and join the discussion in our forums.
Peter Debruge (Variety): “This twisty peek inside the sausage factory of American politics features characters who talk faster than most people think. Plus, it’s engaging — make that downright electrifying — to watch a female star as strong as Jessica Chastain carry a film about a D.C. lobbyist who risks her reputation for a cause she believes in.”
Nick Schager (The Playlist): “Jessica Chastain is a great actress, but with ‘Miss Sloane,’ she also proves that she’s a great movie star. Headlining the sort of pulse-pounding adult thriller that studios rarely produce anymore – and, as evidenced by this past May’s ‘Money Monster,’ even more rarely succeed with at the domestic box office – Chastain is a one-woman force of nature.”
David Ehrlich (Indiewire): “Sloane is the meatiest role that the steel-jawed star has had to chew on since she played the motherf*cker who found Osama Bin Laden in ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ and she picks the part clean to the bone. Cagey and commanding, Chastain is able to thread the needle between being a tactician on par with Winston Churchill, and a vulnerable person whose heart beats too fast for anyone to measure the size of its leaking hole.”
Todd McCarthy (Hollywood Reporter): “Elizabeth is far from likeable, but she is fascinating and emotionally complex, and Chastain crafts a tour de force portrait of a character whose relentless professional dedication and apartness from others makes her something of a sister to Chastain’s similarly obsessed character in ‘Zero Dark Thirty.'”
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