Playing by Heart Reviews

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June 18, 2012
Carroll's milieu is resolutely middle class and the crises encountered all too predictable.
September 7, 2011
March 26, 2009
Carroll's characters spend so much time talking, albeit intelligently, that the connections they make seem peculiarly synthetic.
June 3, 2006
This charming romantic comedy with a Los Angeles setting cuts between seemingly unconnected miniplots the way some Robert Altman movies do.
June 3, 2006
All of these characters are more interesting when things are going badly for them than when the tide has turned, and Carroll's determination to make the final reel an extended bout of audience tummy tickling is disappointingly conventional.
June 3, 2006
A very slight and inoffensive movie. It's a lot like L.A. itself, all surface, soothing and warm.
June 3, 2006
The brightest spot belongs to Angelina Jolie, who is so compelling to watch she has chemistry with the furniture.
April 9, 2005
Playing By Heart tries hard and sometimes succeeds -- and Jolie is terrific.
October 13, 2004
Nothing more than merely watchable film.
May 14, 2003
March 19, 2003
The dozen or so lead characters of Playing By Heart fear silence the way Biblical people feared locusts.
March 9, 2003
An underrated, dreamy drama about love, lust and infidelity amongst inter-connected Los Angeleans. Jolie rises to the challenge.
February 8, 2003
The lack of time gives the last reel a fakey, tied-up-with-a-bow feeling, but good performances and a good script make this an enjoyable little romance.
December 16, 2002
October 15, 2002
An intriguing patchwork of relationships converges into a portrait of modern love in Playing By Heart, a wry, satisfying emotional saga.
August 1, 2002
A heavily mixed bag; high points come with Jon Stewart's sweet courtship of Gillian Anderson and a brilliant turn from a young unknown named Angelina Jolie.
June 5, 2002
The script's overall artifice, combined with a convenient burst of "I love yous" and an all-too-obvious surprise ending, work to undermine an otherwise interesting concept.
March 24, 2002
Willard Carroll's cleverly interconnected (sometimes annoyingly so) tale of six different relationships is populated by a horde of big-name stars...
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March 19, 2002
February 28, 2002
A well-scripted ensemble drama about eleven people in Los Angeles searching for love.
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