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Playing for Keeps Reviews

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Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
December 13, 2012
Garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
December 13, 2012
Fox hasn't penned a script since 1993's So I Married an Axe Murderer, and he apparently hasn't left his home, either ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
December 12, 2012
Another "almost there" film for Gerard Butler. Amazing that he is still coasting on his "300" fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 10, 2012
These are actors due a break. Unfortunately, this comedy-drama about a kids' soccer coach boinking a bunch of desperate housewives doesn't appear to be it.
Rebecca Cusey
Patheos
December 10, 2012
A star-studded cast and a good concept add up to less than nothing in Playing for Keeps, an attempt at a warm, family romantic comedy that, like the main character, succumbs to its vices.
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
December 10, 2012
There's a lot of poorly-conceived plot crammed into this film, and it never actually decides what it wants to be, emerging as a disjointed story suffering from severe ADHD.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
December 9, 2012
Unfortunately for Butler it is another romantic comedy that misses the mark and does not score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
December 9, 2012
a slow drip of a movie that refuses to make up its mind about what it wants to be as it circles the drain
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brent Simon
Screendaily
December 8, 2012
What could have been a more complicated and contemporary suburban spin on Alfie feels like a lazy and anonymous daydream postcard of discord and resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 8, 2012
Director Gabriele Muccino can't decide whether Robbie Fox's script should be played as sex farce or heart-tugging romance - and splitting the difference is a loser both ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 8, 2012
George is desperate, a point hammered home when, as he's recording a sportscasting demo, his concentration is broken by a phone call from a debt collector.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page
December 7, 2012
Like undercooked leftovers, it makes you wish they had spent a little more time getting some heat into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
December 7, 2012
It won't be up for any Oscars, nor will it score points for originality, but it's harmless enough fare for its target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/2
Todd Gilchrist
Celebuzz
December 7, 2012
Playing For Keeps unfolds like a metaphorical deconstruction of his charms: a meandering, formulaic look at a former sports star confronted by an uncertain future as he continues to exploit the superficial things the world still seems to want from him.
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 7, 2012
Smarmy. Dopey. Sloppy. Lazy. Creepy. Tone-deaf. Predictable. Embarrassing. Lousy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
December 7, 2012
It could be just the kind of pleasant surprise that leaves your inner cynic at a momentary loss for words.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
December 7, 2012
I'll long be haunted by Dennis Quaid's manic performance as a palm-greasing dad who seems to be under the influence of bath salts ...
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 7, 2012
Another day at the Romantic Comedy Factory: '...Pull me down a Gerard Butler and a Jessica Biel, will ya?'
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 7, 2012
Ho-hum sports romcom lacks both laughs and chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly
December 7, 2012
Playing for Keeps takes place in a tonally incoherent universe, constantly shifting between rom-com farce and mawkish family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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