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Games People Play

Games People Play (2004)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 11

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Director James Ronald Whitney takes the reality television craze to the outer limits in this motion picture, which at once parodies the antics of shows such as Fear Factor and Punk'd while pushing the envelope of both the concept and his participants. After auditioning several hundred New Yorkers, Whitney recruits a cast of three men and three women to perform various stunts around the city, most of which involve nudity or sexual situations, with the cast member who is judged as the best walking

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The whole experience feels cheap and sleazy, like walking alone down a long damp alley at 3 in the morning.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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This is the kind of faux-dignified freak show that was once the stuff of parody and satire. Now it pats itself on the back for being 'risqué' and treats itself seriously.

May 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Pornography has more integrity than James Ronald Whitney's total tease of a movie.

May 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A look at the fame machine, done with tongue in cheek, eyes open in wonderment and a brazen sense of playfulness that's hard to resist.

April 23, 2004
Detroit News
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Just interesting enough to relieve the embarrassment you deserve for enjoying it.

April 23, 2004
Detroit Free Press
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... a unique piece of work.

April 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Proves that you don't need much money to make an absolutely fascinating reality movie, provided you are willing to exploit weirdos waiting for their moment in the limelight.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Bean Soup Times
Bean Soup Times

It's not all cheap laughs, however. There's cheap sentiment, as well.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The only way anyone in the audience will win is if they walk out on the film, seek out management, and ask for their money back.

May 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Degrades both those who chose to appear in it and those of us unfortunate enough to watch it.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

It is a perfect marriage of exploiters and exhibitionists. The only person who gets cheated in this exchange is the viewer.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Entertaining in a naked real world, train-wreck kind of way... the pranks are often funny, never actually cruel, but at the same time, there's something sad about these games.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

A clever, amusing, roundly enjoyable social experiment wrapped in colorful docu-tainment swaddling clothes.

May 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

If reality is made up of truth without deceit, there's nothing real about Games, unless you count really bad and really awful.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

This sly endeavor is not nearly as brave or uninhibited as it claims; it is a movie that scrambles around with its ideas and never really decides where it wants to take them.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Rent a porno instead; it'll be less exploitative. God help us, two more of these things are planned.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: New Times
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