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The Player Reviews

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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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Entertainment Weekly
November 6, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
May 17, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 17, 2005
A hilarious and insightful look at Hollywood's shallow underbelly.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 8, 2005
| 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
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 18, 2008
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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