Playing by Heart - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Playing by Heart Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 16, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
[It's] n tune with the current trend toward movies that coddle the audience with reassuring sentiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
There was a lot for me to like in this film, but I felt it didn't really add up to much...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
December 30, 1998
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 13, 2004
Nothing more than merely watchable film.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Eventually and predictably, the movie, written and directed by Willard Carroll, brings all of the disparate pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle that is solved, miraculously, by dropping all of the pieces on the floor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Despite its first rate cast and some very well-crafted segments, Playing by Heart too often comes off like an ungainly, land-locked Love Boat episode with a glandular disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Grunden
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately as bland as its forgettable title,
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
What a cast! What a waste!
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.
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
The dialogue makes the episodes diverting a fair amount of the time; it also disguises a script that has virtually nothing interesting or new to say about relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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March 26, 2009
Carroll's characters spend so much time talking, albeit intelligently, that the connections they make seem peculiarly synthetic.
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
December 30, 1998
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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