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The Playroom Reviews

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Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
February 4, 2013
Lacking much in the way of character depth, the film attempts to fill the gap with melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/2
Brian Orndorf
February 15, 2013
It's a misfire from screenwriter Gretchen Dyer and director Julia Dyer, who can't connect the puzzle pieces, resulting in a movie of attentive performances working through ill-defined storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 8, 2013
This imitation "Ice Storm" is as refreshing as a step into a puddle of slush.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brent Simon
February 10, 2013
If The Ice Storm was a band, think of this as the minor-chord, label-unsigned, opening act for its opening act. Lovingly captured but dramatically inert.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 5, 2013
You have your basic family psychodrama, except there's no real heat either downstairs or up.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Todd Jorgenson
February 10, 2013
A reliance on melodrama prevents a deeper and more insightful glimpse into the characters and subject matter.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 5, 2013
[An] open-ended affair and slightly unsatisfying for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2013
The film uses the upper-middle-class setting effectively, even as it resorts to heavy-handed symbolism and melodrama in its dour, mostly unforgiving portrait of parental dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 7, 2013
What little story there is has no sense of real life, no matter much the film pretends to be about children learning hard truths.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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February 7, 2013
Between the loaded conversations and metaphors, and the phony overlay of a children's fairy tale, The Playroom can't stop telegraphing themes and interpreting itself. There's nothing left for the audience to do.
Clayton Davis
December 26, 2014
Leaving too many questions unanswered, and an ending that's less than satisfying, The Playroom intrigues and latches on to the viewer's conscience enough to stick through the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
February 5, 2013
The Playroom jettisons all things cute, but still takes flight by portraying the characters, adult and juvenile, under direct lighting, and asking you if you care about them.
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
March 26, 2013
In the tradition of The Ice Storm, The Playroom revisits 1970s suburbia, when the chilly civility between husband and Stepford wife bumps up against the sexual revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.4/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 4, 2013
The stuff with the adults is drab and stale, but the kids' scenes are excellent.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
May 1, 2012
Covers its own ground with tender, sympathetic honesty that is refreshing and invigorating to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
February 7, 2013
A chamber piece cousin to The Ice Storm, The Playroom hones in on the mentality of so many irresponsible '70s era parents whose children grew up to be much better people than their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: B
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
February 8, 2013
Parents seek joy, ignore kids in difficult, powerful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 7, 2013
"The Playroom" captures the malaise of mid-'70s suburbia with a merciless accuracy not seen since Ang Lee's 1997 film, "The Ice Storm."
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 8, 2013
A detailed, and depressing portrait of grim, forced independence. Lightened only by the sense that if these kids are learning anything, it is how to survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 14, 2013
Modest in scale, it's the kind of American independent film that brings some honor to that shopworn descriptor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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