Reviews

Jun 3, 2006
This charming romantic comedy with a Los Angeles setting cuts between seemingly unconnected miniplots the way some Robert Altman movies do.
Jun 3, 2006
A very slight and inoffensive movie. It's a lot like L.A. itself, all surface, soothing and warm.
Jun 3, 2006
The brightest spot belongs to Angelina Jolie, who is so compelling to watch she has chemistry with the furniture.
Apr 9, 2005
Playing By Heart tries hard and sometimes succeeds -- and Jolie is terrific.
Mar 9, 2003
An underrated, dreamy drama about love, lust and infidelity amongst inter-connected Los Angeleans. Jolie rises to the challenge.
Feb 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.
Oct 15, 2002
An intriguing patchwork of relationships converges into a portrait of modern love in Playing By Heart, a wry, satisfying emotional saga.
Aug 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.
Mar 24, 2002
Willard Carroll's cleverly interconnected (sometimes annoyingly so) tale of six different relationships is populated by a horde of big-name stars...
Feb 28, 2002
A well-scripted ensemble drama about eleven people in Los Angeles searching for love.
Feb 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.
Jan 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.
Jan 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.
Jan 1, 2000
For all its artificiality, Playing by Heart percolates with an earnest charm.
Jan 1, 2000
f you're willing to go with the warmed-over sentimentality and unoriginal situations, you'll be grandly entertained by some of Hollywood's accomplished performers.
Jan 1, 2000
A strong, though sometimes trite, script and good direction keep all the threads going until the tales intertwine.
Jan 1, 2000
Jan 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.
Jan 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.
Jan 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.