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Playing God

Playing God (1997)

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25

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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34

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 9,655

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After losing his license to work as a surgeon, synthetic-heroin addict Eugene Sands (David Duchovny) is on a downward spiral into the Los Angeles drug scene. One night, someone is shot in a bar, and Sands performs a life-saving medical maneuver on the spot. Word travels fast. A few days later, a limo drops him off at the Malibu den of counterfeiter-smuggler Raymond Blossom (Timothy Hutton) and his cupid-lipped moll Claire (Angelina Jolie). The bleach-haired Blossom needs someone to stitch up his

Jun 16, 1998

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (25) | DVD (1)

Jarring and unpleasantly woozy.

April 29, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Another boring Pulp Fiction derivative - a copy of a copy of a copy.

July 30, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

If you watch closely, you can spot the exact moment that David Duchovny's career ended.

July 26, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

There's a lot of screaming and carrying on (this is, remember, a movie containing Russian gangsters), but there's a curious absence of weight to the performances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Falls comfortably in to the 'So bad it's good' category.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Meanders within the territory of comedy, drama, thriller, and just about anything under the cinematic sun with very little rhyme and no apparent reason at all.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Audience Reviews for Playing God

Horrible. Jolie aside, horrible.
November 22, 2006
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

The crime drama Playing God is a noir style film full of mystery and intrigue. The story follows Eugene Sands, a former surgeon that gets drawn into the life of a mob doctor, but soon finds that he's gotten in too deep. David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton, Angelina Jolie, and Peter Stormare form a solid cast and give good performances. Hutton is especially good at delivering the dark comedy, and creates a charismatic and fun villain. However, the directing is weak and hurts the film to a degree. Playing God is a flawed film, but still manages to deliver a compelling and entertaining thriller.
August 31, 2012
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed this film, more than I expected, " Jolie" reprises her acting at the level we first had a glimpse of in "True Woman".
June 12, 2009
EbertsLittleApprentice

Super Reviewer

Nothing special, but entertaining.
July 22, 2006
InaHH

Super Reviewer

    1. Eugene Sands: Life is all a matter of perspective.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
    1. Eugene Sands: Each life is made up of big decisions, and each day is made up of a million little decisions.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
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