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The Player Reviews

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November 22, 2016
Noir masterpiece has nudity, lots of strong language.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 4, 2016
The Player, which Altman made after years of struggle, with all Hollywood fascination worn away, is Altman's dour version of Dante's Inferno. His satire forces us to realize the obscenity of Clinton-era corruption - once again.
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
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
June 5, 2016
One of the great motion pictures of the 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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+
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.
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
February 13, 2011
Amusing black comedy on Tinseltown.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
October 18, 2008
Hilarious and deadly, this may be Altman's most completely realized film since his glory days in the '70s.
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.
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
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.
December 30, 2006
One of the greatest Hollywood-eats-itself movies.
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
July 6, 2005
As definitive a film about modern Hollywood as "Sunset Boulevard" was in its time.
| Original Score: 5/5
April 17, 2005
A hilarious and insightful look at Hollywood's shallow underbelly.
| Original Score: 5/5
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