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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 227
Fresh: 209 | Rotten: 18

Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell's sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.


Average Rating: 8.6/10
Critic Reviews: 51
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 5

Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell's sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.



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Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to



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Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source:
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It's a rom-com that succeeds in revitalizing that discredited genre where so many others have failed, injecting it with the grit and emotion of realist drama rather than with amped-up whimsy or social satire or montages of people walking on the beach.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source:
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Silver Linings Playbook tells us that happily-ever-after may depend on finding people who coexist with our lunacy, not ones who can lead us out of it. In any case, it's crazy good.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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An edgy romantic dramedy that suits our anxious times.

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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This meaningful film keeps the laughs, giddy anxiousness and warm butterflies from the trailer and sustains it all through two full hours of a love story.

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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"Silver Linings Playbook" makes comic hay from bipolar illness, early death, sexual adventurism, self-improvement binges, football fanaticism, degenerate gambling and father-son estrangement, as one would expect from latter-day Russell movies.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity

But Silver Linings Playbook never induces a roll of the eyes, even if it never really surprises.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

In an age when the concept of comedies about possible kinships between characters is dominated by sugary devices and contrivance, here at last is a movie about real situations, real people and the natural experiences that evolve from them.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source:

A unique dramedy that stands heads and shoulders above most romantic films.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
John Hanlon Reviews

A wild mess, but what a mess it is.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

It finds the gentle balance between traditional romantic comedy and artistic exploration of the laws of attraction.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

A romantic comedy for people who don't like what Hollywood has been calling 'romantic comedies' these days.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

One of the most pleasurably offbeat experiences since the Philadelphia Eagles last enjoyed a winning season.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

A deft treatment of its delicate subject material and some remarkable performances that give the film both touching, raw, authentic emotion and a certain kinetic humor.

April 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Jennifer Lawrence is the only aspect of the film that truly lives up to the trumped-up awards buzz and hype, but being a perfectly enjoyable light comedy with heaps of heart is no small feat in itself.

March 31, 2013 Full Review Source:

I love the work that deNiro and Lawrence do here, but ultimately all they do is prove the old adage that you can cover up a lot of problems with the script by hiring good actors.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

"Silver Linings Playbook" could not be a more awkward love story. But I loved every second of it!

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Silver Linings Playbook looks like your run-of-the-mill wacky family comedy, but it's an important film and a great one that deserves to sweep the awards it's nominated for.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Silver Linings Playbook is defined by the positive decisions that are made in the face of imperfection, desperation, and the desolate wasteland of your world in pieces.

February 23, 2013 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Director David O. Russell forms a unique and incredible romance dramedy...

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

There is some charm to the story, but the final act is very neat, predictable, contrived, and not up to originality of the first two.

February 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
Mark Leeper's Reviews

Director David O. Russell is a little too chipper at times - breaking a restraining order is really no joke - but he brings a breeziness to this likeable tale of two misfits trying to make it work.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

It may be a Hollywood comedy, but it's one that feels beautifully alive.

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

On the surface Silver Linings Playbook is a raucous romantic comedy, but its real interests are superstition and delusion.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A volatile mix of familial drama and madcap comedy, infectious optimism and razor-wire wit, it's one of the most purely enjoyable films released in the past twelve months.

February 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Audience Reviews for Silver Linings Playbook

I just do not see what all the fuss was about.
June 5, 2014

Super Reviewer

When's the last time De Niro has carried the weight of his name in anything? And who the hell is this Jennifer Lawrence everyone is so ga-ga over?
This film, an ensemble piece about communal hope (individual hope, yes, too, but remarkably tied to communal hope in this) and incredibly ... family, and dysfunctional family no less, warts, farts, and all, just sparkles.
Okay, sure, the minorities felt tagged onto the whole, sort of a politically correct bow to the current public forum, but other than that ... a jewel.
This David O. Russell is one to watch.
April 17, 2014

Super Reviewer

There is a silver lining to the rubbish movies i have been subjected to recently! This movie is beautifully sweet and funny, with amazing performances from everyone involved. Lawrence is fast moving to becoming the go to actress with exceptional talent that seems to only appear once every 50 years!
March 6, 2014
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Viewed on: January 11, 2014

I'd been avoiding this multiple Oscar nominee because I felt it would be a boring rom-com..However,. I gave into it the day when the other option was Pacific Rim (sounds even more boring, all the more after the jokes made on its plot). Again, I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful the movie was. The craziness and the intimacy between the lead characters after ups and downs is dramatically funny. The humor is given more attention here than how realistic will it look. Just wish that they'd not made it so unrealistic when keeping it realistic would have been just as effective. Besides that, it's a fun popcorn movie and one ought to savor the madness. Bradley Cooper is amazing, but again it's Jennifer's charm stealing the show. Honestly, it was just a coincidence that I happened to watch this next to "The Hunger Games", and couldn't help but admire Katniss for giving yet another superior (not flawless, though) performance. Watch it and I personally guarantee* that you too will have a bit of fun, if not much.

* Having said what-not above, watch it at your own risk.
January 28, 2014

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    1. Tiffany: I used to think you were the best thing that happened, but now I think you might maybe be the worst thing.
    – Submitted by Vernon R (22 days ago)
    1. Pat: You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, you have a shot at a silver lining.
    – Submitted by Garrett D (6 months ago)
    1. Pat: The world's hard enough as it is. It's hard enough as it is. Can't somebody just be positive?
    – Submitted by Frances H (8 months ago)
    1. Tiffany: You're not a standup guy today, Pat!
    – Submitted by Adam O (9 months ago)
    1. Tiffany: Can we get through one fucking conversation without you reminding me that my goddamn husband's dead?
    – Submitted by Adam O (9 months ago)
    1. Pat: Let me tell you, I know you don't want to listen to your father, I didn't listen to mine, and I am telling you you gotta pay attention this time. When life reaches out at a moment like this it's a sin if you don't reach back, I'm telling you its a sin if you don't reach back! It'll haunt you the rest of your days like a curse. You're facing a big challenge in your life right now at this very moment, right here. That girl loves you she really really loves you. I don't know if Nicki ever did, but she sure as shit doesn't right now. So don't fuck this up.
    – Submitted by Adam O (9 months ago)
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