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Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell's sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.
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Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks.
It's a rom-com that succeeds in revitalizing that discredited genre where so many others have failed, injecting it with the grit and emotion of realist drama rather than with amped-up whimsy or social satire or montages of people walking on the beach.
A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.
This is a date movie that doesn't offer the sophistication it thinks it does, but is as enjoyable and good-natured as the genre requires.
An edgy romantic dramedy that suits our anxious times.
This meaningful film keeps the laughs, giddy anxiousness and warm butterflies from the trailer and sustains it all through two full hours of a love story.
Despite its flaws, it's got romance AND sports AND funny family drama AND a really hilariously amazing can't stop laughing about it dance scene.
Though Silver Linings deserves credit for its portrayal of the middle ground of mental illness, it's as much of a mess as its characters, veering between tone-deafness and deep sympathy, convincing portrayal and cheap cliché.
Lawrence, so good in Winter's Bone, comes as a revelation.
One of the most charming Hollywood screwball comedies of recent years.
In any event, this is a refreshing and extremely well-acted film.
The movie is a mess, but a glorious, big-hearted, beautifully acted one.
The feel-good movie of the year, so refreshing, captivating and openly anti-pessimistic, and it is not only well written and directed but works even better thanks to its great ensemble cast - especially Cooper and Lawrence, who have an amazing chemistry together.
I found 'Linings' an interesting movie with pros and cons. Pros: Dealing with mental illness - and hope for the future; interesting to see Lawrence in a role so different than Hunger Games. Cons: When I read the various comments and history of the film, it was nominated for so many Academy Awards? Really? Didn't seem that special.
Not gonna lie, my expectations for this film were not particularly high, despite of the numerous awards it received. But, boy, is this a fun ride. That's mostly thanks to the hilarious writing and outstanding acting. Especially Lawrence and Cooper fill their roles with so much life you can't help but fall for the mentally ill couple. I never would have thought a film about football, depression and dancing could be this engaging and easy-going, despite of the serious undertones. How Russell manages to turn that into a romantic comedy without the audience even noticing is a little wonder. A highly entertaining one.
There is a silver lining to the rubbish movies i have been subjected to recently! This movie is beautifully sweet and funny, with amazing performances from everyone involved. Lawrence is fast moving to becoming the go to actress with exceptional talent that seems to only appear once every 50 years!
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