Reviews

Jun 18, 2012
Carroll's milieu is resolutely middle class and the crises encountered all too predictable.
Sep 7, 2011
Mar 26, 2009
Carroll's characters spend so much time talking, albeit intelligently, that the connections they make seem peculiarly synthetic.
Jun 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.
Jun 3, 2006
This charming romantic comedy with a Los Angeles setting cuts between seemingly unconnected miniplots the way some Robert Altman movies do.
Mar 19, 2002
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
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.
Jan 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.
Jan 1, 2000
For all its artificiality, Playing by Heart percolates with an earnest charm.
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.
Jan 1, 2000
Everyone has his or her moment, although it is the older folks (Connery and Rowlands) and the youngsters (Jolie and Phillippe) who come off best, giving affecting performances in roles that serve as generational bookends in the film.
Jan 1, 2000
[It's] n tune with the current trend toward movies that coddle the audience with reassuring sentiments.
Jan 1, 2000
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.
Dec 30, 1998