Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives. -- (C) Weinsteinmore
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Matthew M. Quick, David O. Russell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 30, 2013
Box Office: $132.1M
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Jacki Weaver
as Dolores
Anupam Kher
as Dr. Cliff Patel
John Ortiz
as Ronnie
Julia Stiles
as Veronica
Dash Mihok
as Officer Keogh
Matthew Russell
as Ricky D'Angelo
Cheryl Williams
as Tiffany's Mother
Patrick F. McDade
as Tiffany's Father
Brea Bee
as Nikki
Anthony Lawton
as Dr. Timbers
Patsy Meck
as Nancy (High School P...
Maureen Torsney-Weir
as Older Waitress
Maureen Torsney Weir
as Older Waitress
Jeff Reim
as Jeffrey
Rick Foster
as Dance Competition An...
Bonnie Aarons
as Ricky D'Angelo's Mot...
Ted Barba
as Doug Culpepper
Elias Birnbaum
as Ricky D'Angelo's Fri...
Matthew Michels
as Ricky D'Angelo's Fri...
Pete Postiglione
as Lawyer at Bar
Richard A. Eklund
as Fighting Eagle Fan
Sanjay Shende
as Indian Invasion #1
Mihir Pathak
as Indian Invasion #2
Ibrahim Syed
as Indian Invasion #3
Madhu Narula
as Dr. Patel's Wife
Samantha Gelnaw
as Jake's Fiancée
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News & Interviews for Silver Linings Playbook

Critic Reviews for Silver Linings Playbook

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (51)

Wouldn't it be great if mental illness really was as adorable as it is in the movies?

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

"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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014

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

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013

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

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
John Hanlon Reviews

A wild mess, but what a mess it is.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

Audience Reviews for Silver Linings Playbook


I found 'Linings' an interesting movie with pros and cons. Pros: Dealing with mental illness - and hope for the future; interesting to see Lawrence in a role so different than Hunger Games. Cons: When I read the various comments and history of the film, it was nominated for so many Academy Awards? Really? Didn't seem that special.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Not gonna lie, my expectations for this film were not particularly high, despite of the numerous awards it received. But, boy, is this a fun ride. That's mostly thanks to the hilarious writing and outstanding acting. Especially Lawrence and Cooper fill their roles with so much life you can't help but fall for the mentally ill couple. I never would have thought a film about football, depression and dancing could be this engaging and easy-going, despite of the serious undertones. How Russell manages to turn that into a romantic comedy without the audience even noticing is a little wonder. A highly entertaining one.

Jens S.

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!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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