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Two Can Play That Game (2001)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 36

As a romantic comedy, Two Can Play That Game is more mean-spirited than romantic. Also, some critics say the movie is misogynistic in its attitudes and has too many blatant product placements.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 15

As a romantic comedy, Two Can Play That Game is more mean-spirited than romantic. Also, some critics say the movie is misogynistic in its attitudes and has too many blatant product placements.



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Love really is a battlefield in this war of the sexes comedy that marks the directorial debut of Def Jam's How to Be a Player (1997) screenwriter Mark Brown. Vivica A. Fox stars as Shante, a knowledgeable veteran of the dating game who thinks she's found the perfect mate in the handsome Keith (Morris Chestnut). When Keith is spotted stepping out with Shante's arch-rival Conny (Gabrielle Union), the spurned lover institutes what she labels the "ten-day plan," an all-out assault on Keith designed


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Mark Brown

Dec 26, 2001


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Fox and Chestnut, with their fine looks and fine wardrobes, are all dressed up for a party that most guests bailed on in the last days of the old millennium.

September 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Few recent movies have conceived their central female character more contemptuously -- a fanatic for a lifestyle that appears to have come from the bestselling The Rules and someone who is obviously set up for a satiric fall.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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A feature-length movie demands a story, and this one barely has the substance of an anecdote.

September 10, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
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Doesn't anyone get sick of this same old routine?

September 7, 2001
Washington Post
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The movie doesn't just hate women; it despises them.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A pleasant enough entry in that category, if you like your romantic comedies short on love and long on battle-of-the-sexes gamesmanship.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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I shudder at the thought of a 14-year old girl watching this film.

January 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

"Two Can Play That Game" has some amusing moments, showcases a terrific cast, but falters in real matters of the heart.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

A cute little trifle that delivers on the good time it promises.

October 9, 2001 Full Review Source:

Anderson's and Mo'Nique's talents make Two Can Play That Game just amusing and light enough to be worth the trouble despite its often trite familiarity.

September 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Even if [the film] is rather like a sitcom, it is like a really good sitcom. Think "Friends."

September 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Brown has done a fine job with the script and direction in that everyone behaves realistically.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

It's got the kind of friskiness that makes you exchange glances with the stranger seated next to you because both of you know how many things it gets right about relationships.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

Fox gives her all and manages to rise above the material.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's too bad that Shante and Keith are the movie's designated couple who must get back together, because the movie misses the opportunity to do something different.

September 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

It seems quaint rather than edgy, coming across as awfully pallid and obvious despite its ersatz 'cool' surface and its attractive cast.

September 8, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

More often than not ... the characters resort to painfully stereotypical behavior and commentary.

September 7, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

We don't like the characters -- both because they have no redeeming qualities beyond their looks and due to them being one-dimensional creations.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

In the game of love there are winners and losers, but with this flick, we've all hit the jackpot.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Two Can Play That Game

i love vivica fox but this was terrible
January 22, 2007
danny d

Super Reviewer

By far my favorite romantic comedy.
I don't understand why I'm the only one to like this...?
June 4, 2008

Super Reviewer

Love this movie.
April 12, 2007
Leo L

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Vivica A Fox rules in this great movie. Her friends in the film are really funny.
March 13, 2006

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