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‘An Acceptable Loss’ Review: Conspiracy Drives a Nuclear Attack in a Rote Thriller

Jan 17, 2019 - The New York Times

“An Acceptable Loss” is an American political thriller that indicates in every frame its intention to take the subject of war seriously. The director Joe Chappelle has heavily filtered the movie’s images — draining the color from his characters’ faces, polishing their features into dull smoothness, dimming even the daylight. And unfortunately, the plot is as lackluster ideologically as the picture is visually.

The story follows Libby Lamm (Tika Sumpter), a professor who was once ...