Silver Linings Playbook


Silver Linings Playbook

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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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Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives. -- (C) Weinstein


Jacki Weaver
as Dolores
Anupam Kher
as Dr. Cliff Patel
John Ortiz
as Ronnie
Julia Stiles
as Veronica
Dash Mihok
as Officer Keogh
Matthew Russell
as Ricky D'Angelo
Cheryl Williams
as Tiffany's Mother
Patrick F. McDade
as Tiffany's Father
Brea Bee
as Nikki
Anthony Lawton
as Dr. Timbers
Patsy Meck
as Nancy (High School Principal)
Maureen Torsney Weir
as Older Waitress
Maureen Torsney-Weir
as Older Waitress
Jeff Reim
as Jeffrey
Rick Foster
as Dance Competition Announcer
Bonnie Aarons
as Ricky D'Angelo's Mother
Ted Barba
as Doug Culpepper
Elias Birnbaum
as Ricky D'Angelo's Friend #1
Matthew Michels
as Ricky D'Angelo's Friend #2
Pete Postiglione
as Lawyer at Bar
Richard A. Eklund
as Fighting Eagle Fan
Sanjay Shende
as Indian Invasion #1
Mihir Pathak
as Indian Invasion #2
Ibrahim Syed
as Indian Invasion #3
Madhu Narula
as Dr. Patel's Wife
Samantha Gelnaw
as Jake's Fiancée
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Critic Reviews for Silver Linings Playbook

All Critics (250) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (230) | Rotten (20)

  • Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks.

    Jan 22, 2013 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.

    Jan 4, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • This is a date movie that caters to the needs of both men and women: American football and comedy, ballroom dancing and romance. Silver Linings Playbook covers all those bases -- and rises above them too.

    Nov 23, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Seeing it a second time has made me love it even more, not always the case.

    Nov 23, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 22, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Silver Linings Playbook

  • May 07, 2016
    "Silver Linings Playbook" does a superb job at creating both humor and drama. The plot to "Silver Linings Playbook" is a man fresh out of a mental hospital named "Pat Solitano" portrayed by "Bradley Cooper" is trying to get his original life back, which he lost. One night he meets a peculiar woman at a dinner named "Tiffany" portrayed by "Jennifer Lawrence". The opening scene to the movie is "Pat" rehearsing his lines, which he will say to his family when he reunites with them. This scene is a great introduction for the audience to the antagonist of the film "Pat Solitano". For the most of this movie it shows "Pat" and "Tiffany's" relationship developing. These scenes are great to watch as they are humorous and fleshes out the characters more. The climax of the film was predictable, and didn't feel like the steaks were high enough. "Bradley Cooper" gives an amazing performance as "Pat Solitano". And once again "Jennifer Lawrence" stuns the audience with here portrayal of "Tiffany". The soundtrack to "Silver Linings Playbook" at times is very sad and dramatic, but occasionally the music should be sad but doesn't fit in with the scene at all. The camerawork is usually worked with well but there is always one or two scenes that the camera is unnecessarily moving a bit too much. Finally "Silver Linings Playbook" is a very humorous film, it makes humor out of things you don't expect, "Robert De Niro" understands how to do this and exceeds in the film's humor. If you are a person who enjoys some of director "David O. Russell's" films then I highly recommend you watch "Silver Linings Playbook" as it very comedic, amazing acting and an interesting plot. Although the film does have some issues these being "Tiffany" not having much of a history, unnecessarily shaking the camera and a predictable climax. I give 2012's "Silver Linings Playbook" an 8.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2016
    David O. Russell may just be a bit overrated. Silver Linings Playbook has four great performances, but is unfortunately unrisky in its exploration of disorders. The film opts for a simple love story and the central pairing is more brother and sister. For a solid romantic comedy drama, SLP is perfectly fine. As a daring understanding of bipolar disorder, it faulters. Rating: 61
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2016
    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.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2016
    Reprehensible simplification of the lives of people suffering from depression, and their significant others. Very offensive, and in light of how well it's been received, equally disconcerting. It's baffling to think that this was by the same guy who made "Spanking the Monkey".
    Super Reviewer

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