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Playing for Keeps Reviews

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Debashine Thangevelo
Independent Online (South Africa)
March 28, 2016
Sadly, a smattering of heart-warming moments fails to redeem what is ultimately a disastrous offside shot at a rom-com.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Someone maybe should've told this guy if you want to rekindle a romance with a woman, you probably shouldn't start by sleeping with all her friends.
James Luxford
The National (UAE)
October 18, 2013
a celluloid own goal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
July 28, 2013
No matter what kind of drab, derivative fluff you prefer, this exceptionally toothless comedy has something to offer.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter
March 18, 2013
All the characters and their motivations are banal at best and half drawn at worst, leading to the question: why didn't this end up on The Hallmark Channel starring TV's hot-tail of the moment?
Todd Jorgenson
March 5, 2013
... a half-hearted comedy about the perils of former professional athletes that unsuccessfully tries to force together elements of domestic melodrama and romantic farce.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 29, 2013
An own-goal shambles of bland characterization, comic shtick, exes-still-in-love clichés and lazy implausibilities, Playing For Keeps plays down to the ugliest American stereotype of soccer-dull to the point of brain-death.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
January 6, 2013
Did Gerard really leave the UK and a guaranteed pundit spot on Match of the Day for an automatous son and callous wife? Playing for Keeps asks difficult questions like these but provides no satisfying answers.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
January 4, 2013
If this was a biscuit, it would be an own-label digestive, full of sugar and trans fats - but suited and booted in a glistening wrapper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
January 4, 2013
The comedy has its moments but they are few, and a high-powered cast, which also includes Judy Greer and Dennis Quaid, give mostly low-powered performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
January 3, 2013
Even the usually reliable Dennis Quaid flounders as a fellow parent in a film that is at least slickly put together but is ultimately a sheer waste of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
January 3, 2013
In the long, ignoble tradition of naff romcoms starring Butler, this stands alongside The Ugly Truth and The Bounty Hunter as the worst of its kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Jennifer Tate
January 3, 2013
Sadly wastes its star-studded cast and has very little to offer in the way of laughs and touching moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 3, 2013
Even an actor as capable as Dennis Quaid is incapable of wading in to save it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Anna Smith
Time Out
December 26, 2012
Everyone involved deserves a script with more wit, originality and sense of purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stefan Pape
December 21, 2012
Hitting our screens on New Year's Day, let's cross our fingers and hope that Playing for Keeps isn't an indication as to how the rest of 2013 will be for cinema. Best to get it out of the way early, I suppose!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
December 20, 2012
Not quite as bad as it sounds, despite the corny game plan.
Rob Carnevale
The List
December 18, 2012
Rigidly formulaic and shamelessly sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 14, 2012
Dennis Quaid hammers away at a nothing role as Thurman's husband, an adulterous alpha dog; it's nearly identical to the one he played earlier this year in What to Expect When You're Expecting, but who's counting?
Neil Pond
American Profile
December 14, 2012
A father-son heart-tugger wrapped around a mushy reconciliation rom-com sprinkled with tinsel of shiny Hollywood supporting stars acting like they're in another movie entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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