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The Players

The Players (2014)


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Critic Reviews: 3
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Eight short films explore the subject of male infidelity. Serial cheaters, Fred and Greg, spend a night on the town doing what they do best, and with absolutely no regrets. The duo play various characters in assorted extracurricular situations, ranging from sexist to the darker sides of carnal desires.


Drama, Comedy



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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (12)

The rare omnibus film that isn't just a mixed bag--it very nearly succeeds at being uniformly bad.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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At once moving and mortifying, it carries the distinctly un-Gallic scent of the best episodes of 'The Office'.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Never much more than an extended sketch comedy whose longer segments tend to wear out their welcome.

February 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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The shallowness of people who live this way is as dispiriting as the action is meant to be titillating.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

A vulgar, variable and very French take on infidelity.

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

While there's undeniably a streak of misogyny at its center by virtue of its flippantly unfaithful characters, there's also a healthy dose of equal contempt for them...

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

While not quite funny enough to cut it as pure comedy, nor emotionally probing enough to be a great drama, The Players is still a pleasingly frank and, at times, guiltily daft take on a very sticky subject.

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

I was forced to wonder: were the talkies really invented so we could listen to Dujardin beating off in a lonely motel room?

July 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A largely unfunny, deeply misogynistic and occasionally embarrassingly poor taste comedy.

July 7, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A series of pointless, boorish skits about two unrepentant lotharios.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Dujardin has charm but the script he co-wrote is crude.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

An embarrassing misfire.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Stick out the glaringly unfunny prologue and you'll see the former George Valentin come good, with Dujardin and co-star Gilles Lellouche assuming a series of roles that see past the sex and explore men's impulse to cheat.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

If The Players achieves little else, it proves that Dujardin can extend his range well beyond the boulevard smirk and the Brylcreemed charm.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times


July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

An explicit comedy drama about infidelity comprising nine short films.

July 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Often funny, outrageously vulgar in places and very, very French.

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Greater female input might have alleviated the film's tiresome chauvinism.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Audience Reviews for The Players

The humour is crass, chauvinistic and immature but it makes up for it with charm. Sex and fidelity are the main themes of these six shorts, all starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, these two testosterone sex hungry pair play different guys in various different situations. Interesting to see that the only short directed by a Woman is the most serious and involves the Woman cheating on the man. The theme is age old, never does the film justify or condone cheating on your wife, in fact the conclusion will shock any testosterone fueled cheating Man's man and tell them what they're real motivation/problem is but this is Mediterranean man, or at least the stereotype. Their favourite TV program for many a year was the Benny Hill Show for God's sake, at least they've come a bit further than that! Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche are consistently funny though and there are plenty of genuine belly laughs to be had. I watched it with my Wife and she feels the same way. Funny and well written and to be swallowed with a pinch of salt.
September 9, 2013

Super Reviewer

As funny as cancer. It sounded like a good idea for a unapologetic misogynistic -but charming- comedy, but the fractured storyline has many more lows than ups, the so called humour is as scarce as crass. Almost insufferable.
August 27, 2013

Super Reviewer

A bit hit and miss but sometimes very funny collection of short films revolving around sex, fidelity and testosterone.
August 17, 2013

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