• 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


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Silver Linings Playbook Reviews

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Ray Pride

"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 Source: Newcity

April 16, 2014
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 5, 2013
David Keyes

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 Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 1, 2013
John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews

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

Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews | Original Score: 5.0/5

June 30, 2013
Will Leitch

A wild mess, but what a mess it is.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B+

June 23, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

June 18, 2013
Margot Harrison
Seven Days

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

Full Review Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 8/10

May 22, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: A-

May 13, 2013
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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 Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

April 23, 2013
Michael Dequina

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 Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2013
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

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

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 5/5

March 6, 2013
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground

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 Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 10/10

February 26, 2013
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

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 Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 23, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

February 19, 2013
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

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 Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

February 18, 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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

February 15, 2013
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

February 11, 2013
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B+

February 4, 2013
Tom Clift

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 Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 3, 2013
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

I suppose the phrase 'serious romantic comedy' sounds like a paradox. But that's exactly what 'Silver Linings Playbook' is: an intelligent, edgy dark comedy with romance at its core.

Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 3, 2013
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