Playing by Heart Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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March 26, 2009
Carroll's characters spend so much time talking, albeit intelligently, that the connections they make seem peculiarly synthetic.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 3, 2006
All of these characters are more interesting when things are going badly for them than when the tide has turned, and Carroll's determination to make the final reel an extended bout of audience tummy tickling is disappointingly conventional.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 3, 2006
This charming romantic comedy with a Los Angeles setting cuts between seemingly unconnected miniplots the way some Robert Altman movies do.
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
If Playing by Heart is the kind of film that used to be known as a "woman's picture," it certainly provides more emotional nourishment than most other mainstream movies generate these days.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
For all its artificiality, Playing by Heart percolates with an earnest charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Mushy yet funny and intelligent, the beautifully executed new film Playing by Heart is an ideal romantic comedy-drama for a winter afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
[It's] n tune with the current trend toward movies that coddle the audience with reassuring sentiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
As a young scenemaker who keeps landing in one bad relationship after another, Jolie doesn't exactly avoid the pitfalls of the material she's given. But her performance is flabbergasting.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The movie is consistently well-acted and features a gallery of characters so affable that it's difficult to actively dislike any of them, or, for that matter, the film as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
It's much more enjoyable than this sort of date-movie thing normally is, and that success can mostly be credited to the big names populating the film.
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Entertainment Weekly
December 30, 1998
Full Review | Original Score: C+