Miss Sloane

Miss Sloane

John Madden (2016)

126min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
John Madden's political thriller is briskly paced and spits out put-downs faster than you can catch them, yet cops out when it comes to the crunch. Jessica Chastain tears up the screen as the eponymous lobbyist: a ferociously sharp workaholic with a big bag of dirty tricks. When the head of an ethical lobbying company (Mark Strong) credits her with a conscience, Sloane is hired to ensure a plan for universal background checks survives the machinations of the gun lobby, pitching the formidable operator against her old firm. Screenwriter Jonathan Perera's ear for hard-boiled Washington-speak impresses but what begins as an exposé of a busted political system ties things up too neatly, setting its admirably complicated - and initially unapologetic - protagonist on an unconvincing road to redemption. Nevertheless, Miss Sloane pivots entertainingly and it's fun watching a seasoned double-dealer rub up against more high-minded colleagues. Michael Stuhlbarg and Gugu Mbatha-Raw round out a strong cast but this is emphatically The Chastain Show; whether standing alongside her or fool enough to take her on, no one else gets a look in.

Cast & Crew

Madeline Elizabeth Sloane Jessica Chastain
Rodolfo Vittorio Schmidt Mark Strong
Esme Manucharian Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Jane Molloy Alison Pill
Pat Connors Michael Stuhlbarg
George Dupont Sam Waterston
Senator Ronald Sperling John Lithgow
Jon O'Neill Dylan Baker
Forde Jake Lacy
Evelyn Sumner Christine Baranski
Alex Douglas Smith (2)
Bill Sanford Chuck Shamata
Director John Madden
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Swearing, sex scenesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 May 2017