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The Player Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
June 10, 2016
In "The Player," Altman creates a scathing satire of Hollywood - and then lets his satire itself gets seduced by Hollywood schmaltz. Because what better way to show how seductive it is?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 8, 2016
Altman knew Hollywood, but The Player casts a much wider net by allowing the movie industry to stand in for the shark-eat-shark nature of modern business in general
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 5, 2016
One of the great motion pictures of the 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
June 3, 2016
Altman was making a sour, salient, cynical, and passionate point about how artistry and edge had been drained from Hollywood. By 1992, the suits were in charge.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 30, 2016
"The Player" was an instant classic when it was released, and it stands up to close scrutiny. This is one fun movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 18, 2015
The Player has enough truly hilarious bits and inspired sequences-that baroque opening-sequence shot is a masterpiece in itself-to make it well worth your time, its very silly story is ultimately a fairly paltry piece of social commentary.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 19, 2014
Altman lets us vacation in Hollywood for a bit but not too long to feel smothered
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 13, 2011
Amusing black comedy on Tinseltown.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 11, 2010
The Player can be admired even more now than it was at the time, because it so succinctly diagnosed the sickness that still causes Hollywood to churn out too much soulless "product."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 30, 2010
Altman performs a bit of legerdemain, poking fun at the film industry while simultaneously paying tribute to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 28, 2008
[It's] supposed to be scathing, but the pleasure it affords is like what you get from watching the Oscars: celebrity spotting and in-jokes.
Jon Fortgang
Film4
April 28, 2008
Cynical, sophisticated movie-industry-murder-mystery made with great attention to detail, and still one of the best examples of Hollywood turning the camera on itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 28, 2008
Mercilessly satiric yet good-natured, this enormously entertaining slam dunk quite possibly is the most resonant Hollywood saga since the days of Sunset Blvd. and The Bad and the Beautiful.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2006
One of the greatest Hollywood-eats-itself movies.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 5, 2006
A daringly seductive satire working on its relentless terms with a fluid pace. Under seemingly improv surface, Altman has deconstructed Hollywood with cynical but not bitter eye, suggesting it's hard but not impossible for artists to work in the factory
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 6, 2005
As definitive a film about modern Hollywood as "Sunset Boulevard" was in its time.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 17, 2005
A hilarious and insightful look at Hollywood's shallow underbelly.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A movie about today's Hollywood -- hilarious and heartless in about equal measure, and often at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Moira Sullivan
FilmFestivals.com
January 27, 2004
An enticing, brilliantly scripted film about the movie industry and how the deals are made.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 21, 2004
Essential to Altman's filmography, but it's not a complete Altman film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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