World War Z
The Bling Ring
Jack the Giant Slayer
21 And Over
Kevin A. Ranson
It finds the gentle balance between traditional romantic comedy and artistic exploration of the laws of attraction.
| Original Score: 4/4
A romantic comedy for people who don't like what Hollywood has been calling 'romantic comedies' these days.
| Original Score: 8/10
One of the most pleasurably offbeat experiences since the Philadelphia Eagles last enjoyed a winning season.
| Original Score: A-
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
"Silver Linings Playbook" could not be a more awkward love story. But I loved every second of it!
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: 10/10
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Director David O. Russell forms a unique and incredible romance dramedy...
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
It may be a Hollywood comedy, but it's one that feels beautifully alive.
On the surface Silver Linings Playbook is a raucous romantic comedy, but its real interests are superstition and delusion.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This is a rom-com dressed up as an Oscar-baiting "dramedy". It's a good rom-com thanks to it's edge... but occasionally has the bad traits of a bad rom-com.
Silver Linings Playbook puts the "fun" in "dysfunction." And sure, that sounds glib, but actually, it's a rather extraordinary achievement. Especially when you're skirting on the edges of sanity.
A bittersweet pill that's a mixture of an endearing family drama and modern romance that's an absolute delight.
| Original Score: 4/5
tows the line of conventional, feel-good Hollywood rom-com, albeit dressed up in just enough art-house quirk to make it feel like something slightly radical
A reminder that 'sanity' doesn't make your flaws any more orderly.