Playing by Heart - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Playing by Heart Reviews

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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.
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-
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.
| 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

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.
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 8/10
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Paul Tatara
January 1, 2000
It's much more enjoyable than this sort of date-movie thing normally is, and that success can mostly be credited to the big names populating the film.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
In fact, it could have benefited from having one or two plot threads snipped. But it's hard to argue with any film that boasts a cast of this caliber.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
The film works well as a whole and is lively from start to finish.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Mushy yet funny and intelligent, the beautifully executed new film Playing by Heart is an ideal romantic comedy-drama for a winter afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
Just like love itself, this movie is distinct and appreciated by all on many different levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
Jolie's spunky, heartfelt, Oscar-nod-worthy performance is easily the film's best--which is no small feat, considering the caliber of the actors surrounding her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Gena Rowlands and Sean Connery head the cast as a mature couple approaching their 40th wedding anniversary, and they're so superb together that it's a wonder no one ever thought of teaming them before.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Carroll is satisfied to just give us a feel for the personality of the characters. The veteran actors know how to make the most of their time.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
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