The Player Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 19, 2014
Altman lets us vacation in Hollywood for a bit but not too long to feel smothered
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 13, 2011
Amusing black comedy on Tinseltown.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 11, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 30, 2010
Altman performs a bit of legerdemain, poking fun at the film industry while simultaneously paying tribute to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 28, 2008
[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.
Jon Fortgang
April 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Variety Staff
April 28, 2008
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2006
One of the greatest Hollywood-eats-itself movies.
Emanuel Levy
October 5, 2006
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 | Original Score: A
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 6, 2005
As definitive a film about modern Hollywood as "Sunset Boulevard" was in its time.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
April 17, 2005
A hilarious and insightful look at Hollywood's shallow underbelly.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A movie about today's Hollywood -- hilarious and heartless in about equal measure, and often at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Moira Sullivan
January 27, 2004
An enticing, brilliantly scripted film about the movie industry and how the deals are made.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 21, 2004
Essential to Altman's filmography, but it's not a complete Altman film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
A gem; it's not even my favorite Altman, but it'd probably be my favorite by most other directors.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
A hilarious and deftly convincing satire of contemporary Hollywood, courtesy of industry 'bad boy' Robert Altman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 18, 2003
A behind-the-scenes look at Tinsel Town.
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 10, 2003
One of the two or three cleverest, most probing of Hollywood satires.
| Original Score: 5/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 16, 2003
Robert Altman at the very top of his filmmaking game.
| Original Score: 5/5
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