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Ping Pong Playa Reviews

Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
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Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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Ping Pong Playa falters on formula only occasionally, but otherwise remains a consistently agreeable romp that strikes just the right chord of ironic sentimentally.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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There's no resisting the movie's antic affability or its irreverence, even with Chris's unavoidable progression toward the mature appreciation of his roots.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 11, 2008
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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The movie doesn't take its broad, jokey premise terribly far, but it manages to sustain a goofy-sweet comic energy and offers sly observations about assimilation, sibling rivalry and the art of competitive maternal bragging.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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A decidedly lightweight amusement, the first comedy from documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu is the sort of movie that works best if you keep your expectations low.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2008
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Interest in Playa lies in the fact that director Jessica Yu is a documentarian with a daring taste in subjects. Yet in her first non-doc feature, she plays it safe; even the championship showdown feels polite.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 5, 2008
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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There's a deeper, touching acknowledgment of braggadocio as persona, how the commodified dissent of hip-hop lends itself to masking insecurities.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

September 5, 2008
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Aside from the casting and the location shooting, there's not much to distinguish Ping Pong Playa from Ladybugs or The Mighty Ducks.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

September 4, 2008
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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The setup has been trotted out a million times before, and the movie's novel SoCal Chinese-American milieu only partially excuses the familiarity.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

September 4, 2008
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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A winning comedy that entertainingly elevates a low-profile sport.

September 3, 2008
Peter Debruge
Variety
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A good, clean, fun comedy that uses a table tennis championship to crack inside jokes about Los Angeles' Chinese-American community.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 3, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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This thin premise can't sustain a feature, and the racial and gay jokes are jarring, but the child actors are cute.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 3, 2008
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