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The Player Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
Witney Seibold
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 28, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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
January 27, 2004
An enticing, brilliantly scripted film about the movie industry and how the deals are made.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
April 17, 2005
A hilarious and insightful look at Hollywood's shallow underbelly.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
The Player is not just about the film industry, it is about film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Cole Smithey
December 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
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+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 10, 2003
One of the two or three cleverest, most probing of Hollywood satires.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2006
One of the greatest Hollywood-eats-itself movies.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
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.
Jon Fortgang
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 11, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
A gem; it's not even my favorite Altman, but it'd probably be my favorite by most other directors.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 21, 2002
One of Robert Altman's best that is worth the price of admission for the extended, continuous tracking shot that begins "The Player,"
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 18, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 18, 2003
A behind-the-scenes look at Tinsel Town.
Rob Blackwelder
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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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