Silver Linings Playbook Reviews

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Erick Weber
Final Cut on Film
November 12, 2012
A thoroughly annoying and staggeringly laughless quirkfest featuring the most alarmingly miscast role of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
November 10, 2012
When one stops to consider how irksomely on the nose so much of this is, the qualities which intend to most readily ingratiate the film with us begin to appear perceptibly disingenuous and false.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
November 10, 2012
Makes the life of a film critic that little bit easier by setting 90% of the drama, action and dialogue literally in the middle of the road.
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
November 14, 2012
Most of the way, the film's deficiencies are survivable if only for Jennifer Lawrence and some fleeting moments of emotional clarity and bracing conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 22, 2012
Might at first look like proper cinema red in tooth and claw, but underneath it's a bundle of matted fleece and bleating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 13, 2012
Manic as it might be stylistically, emotionally Silver Linings Playbook maintains too even of a keel.
Stephen Silver
November 16, 2012
What starts off as a serious examination of mental illness turns into an entirely different movie, one with nearly the exact same third act as "High School Musical."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
November 22, 2012
"Silver Linings Playbook" is a Hollywood romantic comedy made to mask the horrific downside of mental illness while still giving the audience a little sense of superiority as they walk out of the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 3, 2013
Parece desistir de qualquer traço de originalidade em seu clímax, quando se entrega a todos os clichês do gênero: mal-entendidos, mocinhos obrigados a correr atrás da mocinha pela rua e, claro, o insuportável travelling circular do beijo romântico.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 15, 2012
It's a strain to care about Pat, and it's impossible to believe in his world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 13, 2012
It's impossible to shake the sense that what felt thrillingly, cohesively alive in the director's earlier movies plays here with more laurel-resting creakiness than go-for-broke verve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Wouldn't it be great if mental illness really was as adorable as it is in the movies?
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
November 21, 2012
With a truly awkward script and no chemistry between the leads this Thanksgiving arrival is a turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
November 22, 2012
A man's bi-polar disorder is supposed to give license to implausible and contrived histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 20, 2012
Pretty much a miscalculation from beginning to end.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 20, 2012
There's nothing wrong with the overrated Jennifer Lawrence that some serious acting lessons couldn't improve. The rest of the actors are pretty much on their own.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 21, 2012
Lawrence's bold performance and her fearlessly sexual character are more than Russell knows how to harness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 21, 2012
While one respects the film for trying to juggle disparate tones, it never manages to find the proper balance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
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