• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Robert Altman
    In Theaters:
    Apr 10, 1992 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 16, 1997
  • Fine Line Features


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The Player Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Altman lets us vacation in Hollywood for a bit but not too long to feel smothered

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4/5

January 19, 2014
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Amusing black comedy on Tinseltown.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

February 13, 2011
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

The Player can be admired even more now than it was at the time, because it so succinctly diagnosed the sickness that still causes Hollywood to churn out too much soulless "product."

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 4/4

September 11, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Altman performs a bit of legerdemain, poking fun at the film industry while simultaneously paying tribute to it.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

August 30, 2010
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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[It's] supposed to be scathing, but the pleasure it affords is like what you get from watching the Oscars: celebrity spotting and in-jokes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 28, 2008
Jon Fortgang

Cynical, sophisticated movie-industry-murder-mystery made with great attention to detail, and still one of the best examples of Hollywood turning the camera on itself.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2008
Variety Staff
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Mercilessly satiric yet good-natured, this enormously entertaining slam dunk quite possibly is the most resonant Hollywood saga since the days of Sunset Blvd. and The Bad and the Beautiful.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 28, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of the greatest Hollywood-eats-itself movies.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

December 30, 2006
Emanuel Levy

A daringly seductive satire working on its relentless terms with a fluid pace. Under seemingly improv surface, Altman has deconstructed Hollywood with cynical but not bitter eye, suggesting it's hard but not impossible for artists to work in the factory

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

October 5, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

As definitive a film about modern Hollywood as "Sunset Boulevard" was in its time.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 6, 2005
Scott Weinberg

A hilarious and insightful look at Hollywood's shallow underbelly.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 17, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A movie about today's Hollywood -- hilarious and heartless in about equal measure, and often at the same time.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
Moira Sullivan

An enticing, brilliantly scripted film about the movie industry and how the deals are made.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 27, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Essential to Altman's filmography, but it's not a complete Altman film.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

January 21, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

A gem; it's not even my favorite Altman, but it'd probably be my favorite by most other directors.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A hilarious and deftly convincing satire of contemporary Hollywood, courtesy of industry 'bad boy' Robert Altman.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A behind-the-scenes look at Tinsel Town.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 18, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Mr. Altman's most subversive message here is not that it's possible to get away with murder in Hollywood, but that the most grievous sin, in Hollywood terms anyway, is to make a film that flops.

| Original Score: 5/5

May 20, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

One of the two or three cleverest, most probing of Hollywood satires.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 10, 2003
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

Robert Altman at the very top of his filmmaking game.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 16, 2003
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