Playing by Heart Reviews

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June 18, 2012
Carroll's milieu is resolutely middle class and the crises encountered all too predictable.
September 7, 2011
March 26, 2009
Carroll's characters spend so much time talking, albeit intelligently, that the connections they make seem peculiarly synthetic.
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.
October 13, 2004
Nothing more than merely watchable film.
May 14, 2003
March 19, 2003
The dozen or so lead characters of Playing By Heart fear silence the way Biblical people feared locusts.
December 16, 2002
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.
Top Critic
March 19, 2002
January 1, 2000
[It's] n tune with the current trend toward movies that coddle the audience with reassuring sentiments.
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.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
What a cast! What a waste!
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.
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...
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately as bland as its forgettable title,
December 30, 1998
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