The Playroom Reviews

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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-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 4, 2013
Standout Olivia Harris and Parker are heart-wrenching as the vitriolic mother and neglected teen daughter.
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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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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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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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
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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.
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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."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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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.
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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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 1, 2012
Sensitively wrought family drama told from the children's perspective.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 1, 2012
Covers its own ground with tender, sympathetic honesty that is refreshing and invigorating to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+