| Original Score: A
[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.
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.
A movie about today's Hollywood -- hilarious and heartless in about equal measure, and often at the same time.
| Original Score: 4/4
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
[Altman] sticks it to every target, himself and us included, with a wicked zest that hurts only when you laugh.
The Player is a rare commodity. It's brilliant and a guilty pleasure.
Altman loves practical jokes, and The Player is his craftiest prank, his jolly last laugh.