Silver Linings Playbook Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
January 22, 2013
Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 4, 2013
It's a rom-com that succeeds in revitalizing that discredited genre where so many others have failed, injecting it with the grit and emotion of realist drama rather than with amped-up whimsy or social satire or montages of people walking on the beach.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 4, 2013
Silver Linings Playbook tells us that happily-ever-after may depend on finding people who coexist with our lunacy, not ones who can lead us out of it. In any case, it's crazy good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 4, 2013
A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 21, 2012
An edgy romantic dramedy that suits our anxious times.
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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
November 21, 2012
This meaningful film keeps the laughs, giddy anxiousness and warm butterflies from the trailer and sustains it all through two full hours of a love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 21, 2012
Lawrence, in her most high-low, sad-comic turn yet, is remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 21, 2012
It shouldn't work - there's just too much going on. But it does. Spectacularly. Go see it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 21, 2012
Just about everybody in the cast of David O. Russell's strange and disturbing and deeply romantic new film has the chance to act with a capital A.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 20, 2012
For a movie that seems at times to have no idea what it's trying to do, "Silver Linings Playbook" is compulsively watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2012
Sharp of tongue, generous of spirit, Silver Linings Playbook is a jagged, loopy romantic comedy about "crazy" people that insists, deep down, we're all a little nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 20, 2012
"The Silver Linings Playbook" defies categorization: it's both comedy and drama, without fitting neatly into either genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 20, 2012
Going deep without resorting to trick plays, the sure-handed "Silver Linings Playbook" scores on every possession.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 20, 2012
Some movies are so likable, so naturally charming, that you'll forgive any dopey idea they throw at you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 20, 2012
David O. Russell has pulled off a tricky feat here, finding just the right tone in crafting a romantic comedy whose sweethearts suffer from bipolar disorder and depression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 20, 2012
Silver Linings Playbook isn't perfect - the ending is untidy - but it may just be the year's best comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 20, 2012
Pretty much a miscalculation from beginning to end.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 19, 2012
Tinged with shadows and ignited by Lawrence and Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook raises the bar on romantic comedy. It's crazy good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 18, 2012
It's lopsided and spotty, but it's alive in a way that suddenly makes you remember to what degree most Hollywood movies aren't.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
November 16, 2012
With Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell has again recalibrated, and achieved the quirky yet poignant balance of his best early work.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 16, 2012
It's Lawrence who knocked me sideways. I loved her in Winter's Bone and The Hunger Games but she's very young - I didn't think she had this kind of deep-toned, layered weirdness in her.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2012
David O. Russell returns to his distinctive brand of neurotic screwball comedy, and like his early features Spanking the Monkey and Flirting With Disaster, this one somersaults giddily from sanity to insanity to sanity again.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 16, 2012
'Silver Linings Playbook' is fun, sharp and sometimes moving, but it's not reinventing any kind of wheel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 16, 2012
A determinedly offbeat romance and rather knowing portrait of self-destructive behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 16, 2012
Because of Lawrence, I just can't write off this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 16, 2012
Would that every feel-good movie came by its good feelings so honestly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 15, 2012
Silver Linings is consistently entertaining, with its scrappy, well-drawn characters, offbeat humor and indefatigable positive outlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 15, 2012
The movie doesn't break any thematic ground, and in other hands this same material might have made for an insufferable Katherine Heigl vehicle. But Russell and his cast make it sing - and soar, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2012
Dramatic, emotional, even heartbreaking, as well as wickedly funny, it has the gift of going its own way, a complete success from a singular talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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November 15, 2012
Cooper's performance meets Lawrence's, beautifully, halfway.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 15, 2012
Everything comes together brilliantly in "Silver Linings Playbook"-for the film's crazed but uncrazy lovers; for the filmmaker, David O. Russell, and best of all for lucky us.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 15, 2012
No matter how grim it's looking for certain kinds of laughter, as long as there's David O. Russell, things will be OK.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 15, 2012
"Silver Linings Playbook," the exuberant new movie from David O. Russell, does almost everything right.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2012
It's clever and cute and never lets you forget it, winning in spite of how much it insists on it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 15, 2012
I say good for Russell for risking a protagonist who requires some patience and forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 15, 2012
It's the perfect material for Russell, who not only deals perceptively with the dizzying swings of manic depression, but makes it the fabric of a big, generous, happy-making ensemble comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2012
"Silver Linings Playbook" is so good, it could almost be a terrific old classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 14, 2012
Russell pitches the action at a manic, screwball pace, and the cast is more than up to the task, with Cooper and Lawrence attracting and repelling each other with equal dynamism.
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
November 14, 2012
"Playbook" walks a tightrope in how it portrays mental illness -- deriving humor out of its characters' actions while demonstrating just how deep-rooted their problems are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 13, 2012
The acting is sparky and intelligent, with Cooper proving there's more to him than flashy good looks. As for Lawrence, she acts every role like there's a soulful storm raging inside of her.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 13, 2012
Silver Linings Playbook is a quirky adult romantic comedy that goes beyond the standard rhythms of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 13, 2012
Silver Linings Playbook is a neurotic ode to family dysfunction and accepting the universal screwup in all of us, which is to say it's maybe the most heartwarming movie you'll ever see about bipolarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 2, 2012
A head-spinning wonder of a movie about love and pain, reclamation and the totemic power of a National Football League franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 18, 2012
With great pacing, a great sense of the moment and some of the most entertaining one-liners you'll find this side of a Coen brothers' film, there's much to like about Silver Linings Playbook.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 12, 2012
The performances of these actors are reason enough to go.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2012
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence expand their range in David O. Russell's winning comedy romance about two people struggling to rebuild their lives.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 10, 2012
In a script that never lapses into mundane or uninteresting language, the scenes between Pat and Tiffany are sculpted with an almost David Mamet-like sharpness.