Playing by Heart Reviews

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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
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.
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.
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.
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...
February 28, 2002
A well-scripted ensemble drama about eleven people in Los Angeles searching for love.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
It will come as no surprise to fans of Elvis Costello that his beautifully expressed observation that "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" has served as inspiration for a motion picture.
January 1, 2000
As a puzzle, Playing By Heart is fairly simple. Luckily, observing the artwork of the individual pieces is more than enough reward.
January 1, 2000
The performers have charm even when their material gets hollow or silly, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond gives Los Anegeles a bright, colourful look, and plenty of snappy dialogue and good tunes are on offer.
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.
January 1, 2000
An always-entertaining and fairly thoughtful film on the subject of love, and how everyone hopes for it in one way or another.
January 1, 2000
Just like love itself, this movie is distinct and appreciated by all on many different levels.
January 1, 2000
The film works well as a whole and is lively from start to finish.
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