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Miss Sloane (2016)



Critic Consensus: Miss Sloane sits squarely on the shoulders of Jessica Chastain's performance -- and she responds with awards-worthy work that single-handedly elevates the film.

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In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price.

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Jessica Chastain
as Elizabeth Sloane
Mark Strong (II)
as Rodolfo Schmidt
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
as Esme Manucharian
Alison Pill
as Jane Molloy
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Pat Connors
Jake Lacy
as Robert Forde
Sam Waterston
as George Dupont
John Lithgow
as Senator Sperling
Chuck Shamata
as Bob Sanford
David Wilson Barnes
as Daniel Posner
Meghann Fahy
as Clara Thomson
Aaron Hale
as Spencer
Raoul Bhaneja
as R.M. Dutton
Andrew Moodie
as Doctor (V.O.)
Kyle Mac
as Moore
Zach Smadu
as Ramirez
Angela Vint
as Brenda Patterson
Kevin Jubinville
as Senator Wallace
Lee Smart
as UAPD Fundraiser M.C.
Helen Johns
as Lady in White
Anand Rajaram
as Dr. Raj Amarasekara/Matthew Kantaria
Christine Baranski
as Evelyn Sumner
Anthony Furey
as TV Producer
Rick Roberts
as Senator Mandel
Craig Eldridge
as Senator Hank Badgley
Joe Pingue
as Little Sam
Dylan Baker
as Jon O'Neill
Gurdeep Ahluwalia
as News Anchor
Michael Cram
as Frank McGill
Ola Sturik
as TV Reporter
Paul McGuire
as Talk Show Host
Alex Castillo
as Pru Walsh
Doug Murray (II)
as Mike Gordon
Greta Onieogou
as CKW Junior
David Rosser
as Senator at Hearing
James Passero
as Hallway Reporter
John Milson
as Hallway Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Miss Sloane

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Elizabeth Sloane's a real piece of work - and so is this film.

May 12, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film's unwillingness to engage in any meaningful sense with the issues it purports to raise feels like an opportunity squandered.

May 12, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

[A] slickly accomplished thriller about the lobbying industry in Washington.

May 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Lots is entertaining, not least the voracious Jessica Chastain as a she-shark coolly gliding her way through these murky waters.

May 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Miss Sloane has the roar of a good political satire/thriller, Merlin-engined for velocity and plot panache.

May 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The real pleasure of the film comes from Chastain's wonderfully acerbic and uninhibited performance.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Miss Sloane


It is certainly more interesting than one would expect from a movie about lobbying, but it also feels forced and silly at times, with an ending that is proud of its own stupidity and a protagonist who is more a caricature of the workaholic "machine woman" than an actual person.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Miss Sloane comes from first time screenwriter Jonathan Perera and promotes the idea that to get ahead in the vicious game of D.C. lobbying one has to know their subject. Perera obviously knows his subject. How Perera, who was living in Asia at the time he wrote the screenplay and who only optioned his work to literary agents over the internet before securing a production deal knows so much about the inside dealings of those hired to persuade legislators to support particular businesses or causes is a mystery, but he seems to have done a fair amount of research. Either that or what he feeds us in Miss Sloane is a huge pile of eloquently written BS. Like an Aaron Sorkin script (I haven't seen The Newsroom, but I imagine this might feel very similar) where dialogue is almost more important than emotion Miss Sloane fast tracks the audience through a deluge of day to day activities that a lobbyist at the top of their game such as the titular Sloane played with vicious velocity by the one and only Jessica Chastain might engage in. We are given little time to keep up and even less to really gauge what Sloane and her team are working on as the focus is not meant to highlight what kind of case our titular lobbyist and her team are working on, but more how keenly they are framing it to their client's advantage. While the objective for a lobbyist is the end-game it is the getting there, the journey if you will, that requires the creativity of someone in Sloane's position and the more creative one is the better the reputation they garner in their professional circles despite undoubtedly garnering a worse one among friends. Of course, this is why it is also made clear Sloane has no family or friends to speak of or to. It is a vicious circle of sorts and Perera makes that evident by reiterating the importance of how information is framed by framing his own film with that aforementioned end-game. In Miss Sloane the end-game is a hearing on Capitol Hill in Caucus Room 4 of the U.S. Senate. What is she doing here? What has brought her to this point? What accusation is being thrown around and what does it have to do with her abilities and/or the moral ambiguities of her techniques? Each are questions begged as small increments of information are fed the viewer within the epilogue of the film, but once the main narrative takes over it is easy to forget that framing device and simply go along for the ride which is exactly what Perera would prefer you do as he finds trouble in both sticking the ending and making it credible enough that we don't question how well he really does know his subject. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com

Philip Price
Philip Price

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SUCH A NASTY WOMAN - My Review of MISS SLOANE (3 Stars) John Madden directed the Academy Award Winning film, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, and think what you will, but it contained such as woozy, winning charm. Although his career has been dotted with similarly toned projects, he has shown a harder edge with such movies as THE DEBT, KILLSHOT, PROOF, and the pilot to MASTERS OF SEX. None of that prepared me for the relentlessly dark tone that is MISS SLOANE. First time screenwriter, Jonathan Perera has crafted a bleak, tough story of a tough DC lobbyist who switches sides from an NRA-backed, pro-gun stance to the weaker opposition who favor stricter vetting of gun owners. Jessica Chastain plays Elizabeth Sloane, who comes across like Faye Dunaway's harder, more aggressive cousin to her Diane Christensen character in NETWORK. Like Christensen, Sloane has virtually no back story. We know she suffers no fools, takes a lot of pills to calm her nerves, and releases tension by hiring a male escort from time to time. And that's about it. When she switches sides in the first act, we're not sure if she has a moral compass, if she just wants the challenge, or if she wants to win. Chastain's challenge, therefore, is to keep us interested in this harsh character, despite our lack of information, and I'm happy to say she does just that in a blazing, percussive, non-stop, full throttle performance. She makes a lot enemies right off the bat, when she pulls a Jerry Maguire and leaves Sam Waterston's firm, taking the best people right along with her. The opposition is led by Rodolfo Schmidt (Marc Strong) and Sloane establishes herself right away as a rogue lobbyist who has very little care for the damage she causes others on her path to victory. I watched this film immediately after seeing 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, which makes no bones about its feminist leanings. By contrast, MISS SLOANE is so strident that I wondered if it was misogynistic or if it was attempting to present a woman in the same manner as any man doing this job. The truth lies somewhere in between. Throughout the film, I kept reflecting back on Donald Trump's comment about Hillary Clinton during their last debate (hint: see title of this review). So many people, men and women, who see this film may easily dismiss Sloane as a single-minded careerist who needs to be put in her place. I, however, saw it as a portrait of a woman who gets lost in her attempts to win at all costs. You may not agree with her tactics, but Chastain makes it impossible to look away. The movie itself isn't great. In fact, it lacks credibility at times, but Madden really knows how to keep things sleek and moving along. I wasn't bored for a second, and there's a healthy dose of Aaron Sorkin-style smarts in the dialogue and plot twists. In addition to Waterston using his crooked mouth to optimal effect, Gugu Mbatha-Raw provides the heart and soul of the film as an aide whose personal life suffers greatly by helping Sloane make her case. Alison Pill is sharp and vivid as a lobbyist who refuses to join Sloane on her crusade and stays behind with the pro-gun side. John Lithgow oozes smarm and corruption out of his pores as a Senator who presides over an Ethics Hearing accusing Sloane of malpractice. The story begins in media res, starting at the hearing and working back to explain the reasons why Sloane consistently invokes her 5th Amendment right to not answer any questions. Lithgow tries to break Sloane, which would surely ruin her chances at success. It's a beautifully sustained section in which the tension really snaps. Truth be told, MISS SLOANE plays out like a TV series pilot along the lines of DAMAGES, but the dynamics, the fun, smart dialogue, and the succinct images provided by cinematographer Sebastian Blenkov make for a decently entertaining film. It forces you to sit up and pay attention so that you can participate in its delicious twists and turns. Chastain, for me, wavers between reticent, dewy-eyed performances like those in INTERSTELLAR and TREE OF LIFE and showy stuff like her work in THE HELP, ZERO DARK THIRY, and CRIMSON PEAK. Her performance in MISS SLOANE ranks among her finest. You simply can't take your eyes off of her, despite a character who lacks some essential layers. It's not essential viewing, but her acting may just be enough for most who see this film.

Glenn Gaylord
Glenn Gaylord

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