Even Liberal Newspapers Not Sold on Gun-Grabbing 'Miss Sloane'

Even liberal newspapers aren’t raving about the pro-gun control film Miss Sloane. Jessica Chastain stars as a lobbyist pushing for anti-Second Amendment legislation. But the movie only has a 67 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes

The reliably liberal New York Times couldn’t work up much interest. Film critic Stephen Holden complained, “Partly because Miss Sloane is more a character study than a coherent political drama, it fumbles the issue it purports to address, and it eventually runs aground in a preposterous ending. In light of the recent presidential election, it all feels like small potatoes.” 

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The Boston Globe was equally unimpressed. Peter Keough chided:  

Chastain puts on the persona like it's a superhero costume. It is an awkward fit. Madden's stagy direction doesn't help ... nor does first-time writer Jonathan Perera's pseudo-Sorkinesque, exposition-laden, quippy dialogue.

The Washington Post gave the film three stars out of four. Film critic Pat Padua finally mentioned the “L-word,” liberalism, in the final paragraph:  

This taut political thriller, set amid the soulless office architecture of K Street, has an ostensibly liberal bent, but its antiheroine’s Machiavellian methods turn the film’s subject away from its cause, portraying lobbyists and politicians in a dark light.

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times was one of the rare critics who adored the movie, hailing it as a “big juicy popcorn thriller.” Praising the character “Elizabeth Sloane,” played by Chastain, he contrasted her with the “old-school right-winger” in the movie: 

Elizabeth and her team of Millennial Go-Getters are working for the most powerful lobbying firm in Washington when the big boss, George Dupont (who else but Sam Waterston), enlists her to close a deal to get the business of the old-school right-winger Bob Sanford (Chuck Shamata), who is out to kill a moderate gun control measure that wouldn’t infringe on basic Second Amendment rights but would merely install some common-sense vetting measures.    

Overall, Miss Sloane simply isn’t getting the kind of praise one might expect from a gun-grabbing film out of Hollywood. 

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org site.