Molly’s Game, the new poker movie, made its very first appearance at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 8. So far, the reviews have been mostly positive.

The movie is the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwritor Aaron Sorkin. His previous films include widely appreciated films such as The Social NetworkMoneyball and Steve Jobs.

The movie is based on a true story.

Jessica Chastain portrays Molly Bloom, the Olympic-class skier who ran high-stakes and illegal poker games for 10 years before being arrested by FBI agents. Bloom was charged by the federal government for her involvement in a gambling ring that had ties to the Russian mob. Her players included Hollywood eminence, sports stars, and business titans. Chastain is supported by Idris Elba as criminal attorney Charlie Jaffey, who realized there was substantially more to Molly than the sensationalist newspapers suggested.

Celebrities who actually took part in Bloom’s games included Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Toby Maguire, although none of those actors appear in the movie.

Variety‘s Chief Film Critic Peter Debruge said of the film, “For a writer accused of misogyny in the past, ‘Molly’s Game’ delivers one of the screen’s great female parts — a dense, dynamic, compulsively entertaining affair, whose central role makes stunning use of Chastain’s stratospheric talent.

Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter wrote, “In his overdue directorial debut, Sorkin both entertains and makes you lean in to absorb every detail of this wild tale, which boasts a stellar cast to help tell it.

There were some mixed reviews as well with David Edelstein of New York Magazine/Vulture saying, “There’s a lot missing in Molly’s Game, especially regarding its protagonist’s personal relationships. But what’s there is dandy.

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a 88 percent positive rating so far after 16 reviews.

Molly’s Game is scheduled to release in theatres on 22nd November.

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