• R, 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:    David O. Russell
  • In Theaters:    Nov 21, 2012 Wide
  • On DVD:    Apr 30, 2013
  • The Weinstein Company

Silver Linings Playbook Reviews

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Ray Pride
Newcity
April 16, 2014

"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.

Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013

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

David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
August 1, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews
June 30, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013

A wild mess, but what a mess it is.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 18, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 22, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 23, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
March 31, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
March 21, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
March 6, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
February 26, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
February 23, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 19, 2013

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

Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
February 18, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jim Schembri
3AW
February 15, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
February 11, 2013

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

Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tom Clift
Moviedex
February 3, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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