The Players

Critics Consensus

Perhaps fittingly for an ostensible omnibus comedy about infidelity, The Players fails to find the humor in its subject, cheating viewers out of 109 minutes along the way.



Total Count: 20


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Eight short films explore the subject of male infidelity. Serial cheaters, Fred and Greg, spend a night on the town doing what they do best, and with absolutely no regrets. The duo play various characters in assorted extracurricular situations, ranging from sexist to the darker sides of carnal desires.


Jean Dujardin
as Fred / Olivier / François / Laurent / James
Gilles Lellouche
as Greg / Nicolas / Bernard / Antoine / Eric
Sandrine Kiberlain
as Marie-Christine
Isabelle Nanty
as Christine
Julie Nicolet
as Déborah
Dolly Golden
as La maîtresse (segment "Bernard")
Lionel Abelanski
as Le directeur de séminaire (segment "La bonne conscience")
Charles Gérard
as Richard (segment "La bonne conscience")
Maëva Pasquali
as Nathalie (segment "La bonne conscience")
Aina Clotet
as Julia (segment "La bonne conscience")
Patrick Dray
as Type réception (segment "La bonne conscience")
Stéphane Roquet
as Le collègue clope (segment "La bonne conscience")
Partha Majumder
as Réceptionniste indien Saphir Hôtel (segment "La bonne con
Nathalie Levy-Lang
as Marie (segment "La bonne conscience")
Johanna Nizard
as La fille qui rit (segment "La bonne conscience")
Mélanie Doutey
as Sandra (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
Jérôme Le Banner
as Randy (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
Margot McLaughlin
as Fiona (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
Niels Dubost
as Arnaud (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
Cendrine Orcier
as Odile (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
Dominique Bettenfeld
as Homme camionette 1 (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
Guillaume Delaunay
as Homme camionette 2 (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
Fabien Jegoudez
as Banjo man (segment "Ultimate Fucking")
Elise Oppong
as Margaux (segment "Lolita")
Anthony Sonigo
as Benji (segment "Lolita")
Bastien Bouillon
as Valentin (segment "Lolita")
Violette Blanckaert
as Fanny (segment "Lolita")
Etienne Durot
as Hugo (segment "Lolita")
Vincent Darmuzey
as Gaspard (segment "Lolita")
Hélène Seuzaret
as Isabelle (segment "Lolita")
Eric Massot
as Serveur (segment "Lolita")
Lou Lievain
as Anaïs (segment "Lolita")
Lazare Lartigau
as Thibaud (segment "Lolita")
Katia Lewkowicz
as Thibaud (segment "Lolita")
Annabelle Naudeau
as Agnès (segment "Thibault")
Claire Viville
as La maîtresse de Thibault (segment "Thibault")
Mademoiselle Eva
as Edwige (segment "Simon")
Bénédicte Vrignault
as La femme de Simon (segment "Simon")
Celestin Chapelain
as Maxime (segment "Simon")
Anne Suarez
as Julie (segment "La question")
Cyrius Rosset
as Victor (segment "La question")
Xavier Claudon
as Infidèle anonyme #1 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes'
Arnaud Henriet
as Infidèle anonyme #2 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
Laurent Cotillard
as Infidèle anonyme #3 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
Franck Pech
as Infidèle anonyme #4 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
Luca Lombardi
as Infidèle anonyme #5 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
Vincent Bonnasseau
as Infidèle anonyme #7 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
Jonathan Perrein
as Infidèle anonyme #8 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
Fabrice Agoguet
as Infidèle anonyme #9 (segment 'Les infidèles anonymes")
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Critic Reviews for The Players

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (14)

  • The rare omnibus film that isn't just a mixed bag--it very nearly succeeds at being uniformly bad.

    Apr 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Stick out the glaringly unfunny prologue and you'll see the former George Valentin come good, with Dujardin and co-star Gilles Lellouche assuming a series of roles that see past the sex and explore men's impulse to cheat.

    Jul 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Henry Barnes

    Top Critic
  • Vile.

    Jul 5, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • At once moving and mortifying, it carries the distinctly un-Gallic scent of the best episodes of 'The Office'.

    Jul 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Though some visual jokes work, the verbal banter and character and narrative development are subpar, as they are in closer "Las Vegas," in which the frequently naked leads make another appearance on their way to a plot twist foretold.

    Mar 13, 2012 | Full Review…

    Boyd van Hoeij

    Top Critic
  • Never much more than an extended sketch comedy whose longer segments tend to wear out their welcome.

    Feb 28, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Players

  • Aug 12, 2014
    It's really surprising how bad this film is. Not really unsurprising to see the film be as misogynistic as it is. Look at the poster, what could you have expected from a movie with THIS poster? At the same time I don't think this film ever pretends that these characters in these shorts, every one of them featuring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, are particularly likable, nor are they people that you should aspire to be. This suffers from exactly the same thing that all anthology films suffer from. There's no real consistent tone. That is to be expected with 8 short films in one package, but I don't think, at the very least, that I've ever seen one miss the mark so much as this movie has. There's a review here that makes mention of the fact that it isn't a mixed bag, almost every one of the segments is bad. I don't completely agree with that as I thought that one segment, the Cheaters' Anonymous one, was actually the one saving grace of the film. It was the funniest one by far. It was the only moment where the film showed SOME spark of life. But I digress, the problem this film has, outside of some very ugly, vile, crass attempts at humor, is the fact that it just isn't funny enough to be considered a comedy. Nor is it insightful as a drama to provide an explanation as to why men are compelled to cheat, almost as if it was part of their DNA. There's hints of that present in the film, but not nearly enough to make this any better. If you want to be a sex comedy then just gives the directors a parameter to work within. But I don't think that anybody was told that they had to work within certain parameters. They were just told to make films about their perspective on two men cheating on their wives and why they do it. And this is what we got back. Or if you want an insightful, character study on the nature of infidelity and why those who do it choose to do it, then the same thing. At least there would be something resembling consistency, even if the entire product was a mixed bag, at least it would be consistent. The same movie that features a serious argument between a man and his wife about their past infidelities is the same one that says, at the end, Fred and Greg, becoming homosexuals together and going on to become famous on the Vegas strip with a Siegfried and Roy-type act. It's also the same movie that seems a bunch of men, in a Cheaters' Anonymous group, act like a bunch of little kids. It just doesn't match up. I really do not plan on going over each one of the shorts, as it would just take too much time, and the shorts themselves lack enough substance to do a mini-review of each one. Jean Dujardin is good, as always, and Gilles Lellouche is also good. They're both charismatic and seem to have good chemistry with each other, so that's not really the problem. The problem is the actual content of the film. Why would a woman ever want to watch this film? That is a legitimate question. Why would they? This is the kind of movie where if a girl walked in on me watching it, I would feel embarrassed. Perhaps I'm overstating the point, but this is just no good at all. One good short, out of EIGHT, and solid leads does not a good movie make, that's for damn sure.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2013
    As funny as cancer. It sounded like a good idea for a unapologetic misogynistic -but charming- comedy, but the fractured storyline has many more lows than ups, the so called humour is as scarce as crass. Almost insufferable.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2013
    A bit hit and miss but sometimes very funny collection of short films revolving around sex, fidelity and testosterone.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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