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Playing for Keeps Reviews

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Rebecca Cusey
December 10, 2012
A star-studded cast and a good concept add up to less than nothing in Playing for Keeps, an attempt at a warm, family romantic comedy that, like the main character, succumbs to its vices.
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Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly
December 7, 2012
Playing for Keeps takes place in a tonally incoherent universe, constantly shifting between rom-com farce and mawkish family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Stefan Pape
December 21, 2012
Hitting our screens on New Year's Day, let's cross our fingers and hope that Playing for Keeps isn't an indication as to how the rest of 2013 will be for cinema. Best to get it out of the way early, I suppose!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jennifer Tate
January 3, 2013
Sadly wastes its star-studded cast and has very little to offer in the way of laughs and touching moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
December 14, 2012
A father-son heart-tugger wrapped around a mushy reconciliation rom-com sprinkled with tinsel of shiny Hollywood supporting stars acting like they're in another movie entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
James Luxford
The National
October 18, 2013
a celluloid own goal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
December 7, 2012
Bland romantic comedy is the cinematic equivalent of processed food.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
January 6, 2013
Did Gerard really leave the UK and a guaranteed pundit spot on Match of the Day for an automatous son and callous wife? Playing for Keeps asks difficult questions like these but provides no satisfying answers.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
December 5, 2012
Gabriele Muccino's film is knee-deep in "don't hate the player, hate the game" territory.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 5, 2012
Gerard Butler, what went wrong?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 3, 2013
Even an actor as capable as Dennis Quaid is incapable of wading in to save it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
January 4, 2013
If this was a biscuit, it would be an own-label digestive, full of sugar and trans fats - but suited and booted in a glistening wrapper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 7, 2012
A film that's pretty much from the assembly line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
December 6, 2012
A sloppy, poorly focused comedy that wants to be about the relationship between a father and his 9-year old son but ends up being about nearly everything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
December 6, 2012
This rock-stupid combination of family schmaltz and horny-MILF male fantasy does this charismatic leading man (and everyone else involved) no favors.
David Aldridge
Radio Times
January 3, 2013
Even the usually reliable Dennis Quaid flounders as a fellow parent in a film that is at least slickly put together but is ultimately a sheer waste of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
December 13, 2012
Fox hasn't penned a script since 1993's So I Married an Axe Murderer, and he apparently hasn't left his home, either ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
December 9, 2012
Unfortunately for Butler it is another romantic comedy that misses the mark and does not score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kirk Honeycutt
December 6, 2012
How can you stick Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid and Judy Greer in a comedy and come up so empty?
Full Review | Original Score: 3
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Richard Roeper
December 7, 2012
Smarmy. Dopey. Sloppy. Lazy. Creepy. Tone-deaf. Predictable. Embarrassing. Lousy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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