• Unrated, 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Julia Dyer
    In Theaters:
    Feb 8, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 11, 2013
  • Freestyle Releasing


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The Playroom Reviews

Tom Long
Detroit News
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You have your basic family psychodrama, except there's no real heat either downstairs or up.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

April 5, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Standout Olivia Harris and Parker are heart-wrenching as the vitriolic mother and neglected teen daughter.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2013
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Modest in scale, it's the kind of American independent film that brings some honor to that shopworn descriptor.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

February 14, 2013
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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The film uses the upper-middle-class setting effectively, even as it resorts to heavy-handed symbolism and melodrama in its dour, mostly unforgiving portrait of parental dysfunction.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 8, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A detailed, and depressing portrait of grim, forced independence. Lightened only by the sense that if these kids are learning anything, it is how to survive.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This imitation "Ice Storm" is as refreshing as a step into a puddle of slush.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 8, 2013
Scott Tobias
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Between the loaded conversations and metaphors, and the phony overlay of a children's fairy tale, The Playroom can't stop telegraphing themes and interpreting itself. There's nothing left for the audience to do.

Full Review Source: NPR

February 7, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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"The Playroom" captures the malaise of mid-'70s suburbia with a merciless accuracy not seen since Ang Lee's 1997 film, "The Ice Storm."

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2013
Noel Murray
AV Club
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What little story there is has no sense of real life, no matter much the film pretends to be about children learning hard truths.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

February 7, 2013
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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The Playroom jettisons all things cute, but still takes flight by portraying the characters, adult and juvenile, under direct lighting, and asking you if you care about them.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 5, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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[An] open-ended affair and slightly unsatisfying for it.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2013
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Sensitively wrought family drama told from the children's perspective.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 1, 2012
Eric D. Snider
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Covers its own ground with tender, sympathetic honesty that is refreshing and invigorating to watch.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

May 1, 2012
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