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Play The Game Reviews

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 13, 2009
I never contemplated what Andy Griffith's face would look like during orgasm, and I curse this atrocious and shoddy romantic comedy for making Griffith do it and making anyone watch it.
| Original Score: 0/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 12, 2009
Surprisingly sexual in nature, and not just because it seems so concerned with the sex practices of the elderly. There's too much of that sort of material here and not nearly enough of the stuff we really want to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
October 15, 2009
There's a good comedy to be made about sex among seniors, but the low-budget indie film Play the Game is not that movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
September 10, 2009
It isn't great movie-making, but it is a cheeky good time -- even if you've never wondered what Opie's pa would look like after a jolt of Viagra.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 10, 2009
This isn't so much sitcom fare as dinner-theatre material, directed without an ounce of style or panache and played more broadly than an old vaudeville routine.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Diana Saenger
September 6, 2009
Although occasionally slow Play the Game receives a boost from its capable cast. It's fun to see an old dog learn new tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
August 28, 2009
The scene in which Alzheimer's is played as a dating dealbreaker is as stunningly tasteless as Fienberg's zooming-in on Joe's face when he receives his first blowjob.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 28, 2009
While Fienberg's direction is no great shakes, the film showcases its veteran cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Lyles
Gazette (MD)
August 28, 2009
one of those endearingly cute, funny movies you'll see on cable and wonder why studios don't put their marketing machine behind this kind of film instead of the typical garbage we get passed off on us as summer 'entertainment.'
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
Victoria Alexander
August 28, 2009
Smart screenplay, good directing. Except for Griffith, casting is wrong.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 28, 2009
Stay home and find yourself a Golden Girls marathon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 28, 2009
Play the Game has all kinds of good intentions, but the comedy is too broad and the pacing is clumsy. Take away the dirty parts, and this is the type of thing you can get for free on the Hallmark Channel every day.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Abele
Chicago Tribune
August 28, 2009
Veering between syrupy sweet and awkwardly dirty, Play the Game is a woefully scoreless exercise.
| Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
Washington Post
August 28, 2009
The good news is that the seemingly perennial TV fixture is still funny and sharp and folksy. The bad news is that he lost the bet, or whatever it was that got him into Marc Fienberg's smarmy, lackluster comedy.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 28, 2009
Griffith improvises an orgasm that seems to last as long as the entire eight-year run of The Andy Griffith Show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
August 28, 2009
Did you ever wonder what face Andy Griffith makes when he's having an intimate moment with a lady friend? Me neither. Yet that's one of many "delights" foisted on us during writer-director Marc Fienberg's feature-length debut comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Willie Waffle
August 28, 2009
There have been many things in this world I never thought I would see, and watching Andy Griffith receive, umm, "oral pleasure" was one of them
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 28, 2009
Heartwarming, clever and very, very funny. It's a genuinely charming, uplifting and crowd-pleasing gem that must be seen by generations, young and old.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
Matt Pais
August 27, 2009
Hearing Griffith say, 'David, grandpa's horny,' is not something anyone should have to experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nell Minow
August 27, 2009
Opie, I don't think we're in Mayberry any more.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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