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Playing by Heart Reviews

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Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Carroll's milieu is resolutely middle class and the crises encountered all too predictable.
Top Critic
March 26, 2009
Carroll's characters spend so much time talking, albeit intelligently, that the connections they make seem peculiarly synthetic.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 3, 2006
A very slight and inoffensive movie. It's a lot like L.A. itself, all surface, soothing and warm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 3, 2006
This charming romantic comedy with a Los Angeles setting cuts between seemingly unconnected miniplots the way some Robert Altman movies do.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
June 3, 2006
The brightest spot belongs to Angelina Jolie, who is so compelling to watch she has chemistry with the furniture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Playing By Heart tries hard and sometimes succeeds -- and Jolie is terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dragan Antulov
October 13, 2004
Nothing more than merely watchable film.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 19, 2003
The dozen or so lead characters of Playing By Heart fear silence the way Biblical people feared locusts.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
March 9, 2003
An underrated, dreamy drama about love, lust and infidelity amongst inter-connected Los Angeleans. Jolie rises to the challenge.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
An intriguing patchwork of relationships converges into a portrait of modern love in Playing By Heart, a wry, satisfying emotional saga.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Francesca Dinglasan
Boxoffice Magazine
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.

Boston Phoenix
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...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 28, 2002
A well-scripted ensemble drama about eleven people in Los Angeles searching for love.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
If Playing by Heart is the kind of film that used to be known as a "woman's picture," it certainly provides more emotional nourishment than most other mainstream movies generate these days.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
For all its artificiality, Playing by Heart percolates with an earnest charm.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The movie is consistently well-acted and features a gallery of characters so affable that it's difficult to actively dislike any of them, or, for that matter, the film as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
As a young scenemaker who keeps landing in one bad relationship after another, Jolie doesn't exactly avoid the pitfalls of the material she's given. But her performance is flabbergasting.
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