The Player: Season 1 Reviews

June 14, 2017
Absolutely nothing that occurs here is believable in the slightest. But does that matter? Absolutely not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2015
For its combination of silliness revved up to a furious pace, The Player is, as I said at the start, watchable - the kind of visual junk food that you find yourself consuming for an hour before you realize 60 minutes have passed.
September 29, 2015
From the producers of The Blacklist, The Player has the same witty mock-formal vibe - giving Snipes the full Spader treatment. He's all debonair evil, constantly adjusting his tie and smiling at how cunningly he's screwed over everybody else.
September 25, 2015
Despite all the distractions, The Player gets at least one thing right: It seemingly knows that it is dumb, delightfully trashy television that, notwithstanding its narrative shortcomings, will seemingly go to any length to please its audience.
September 25, 2015
The crime series combines a unique premise with predictable narratives to create a viewing experience that is both edgy and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 25, 2015
But one thing was made clear in the pilot episode of the new NBC series: the house always wins - or to be more specific - Mr. Johnson always wins.
September 24, 2015
The Player has the potential to be enjoyable even if the premise seems like a high-risk, low-reward gamble.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 24, 2015
Do you want to see a sharp-dressed Wesley Snipes beat up some people in Las Vegas? Of course you do. I do. We all do. But it isn't exactly essential viewing week to week. Save it for later.
September 24, 2015
Though it has some slick car chases, The Player lacks the wit, ingenuity and originality to inspire curiosity about what's going to happen next.
September 24, 2015
People who watch this show are not going to quibble over writing, because the focus here is ACTION. And there's plenty of it.
September 24, 2015
It's an efficient if mass-produced engine - every week a different race against crime and time - made a bit more interesting by the most dangerous game gone digital.
September 24, 2015
Unlike so many of the shows trying to "cut through the clutter" with a splashy concept, The Player knows exactly what it wants to be: a high-octane crime thriller that doesn't take itself too seriously.
September 23, 2015
The Player is pulp trash with an admirable sense of its own disposability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2015
If you can get past the outlandishness of the premise, you'll probably like NBC's new drama The Player. A lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 21, 2015
Wesley Snipes gets out of prison for this story of people who bet on crimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 21, 2015
[The Player] which features Wesley Snipes as the head of Los Vegas syndicate that bets on crime... is packed with action (and Winchester's abs) as well as a cheeky, almost campy sense of humor, as if it's fully aware of how silly this all is.
September 21, 2015
It's hard to quantify but there's something more enjoyable about a program that knows its purpose and function in the TV landscape and doesn't outreach its grasp. The Player is fun, and doesn't really try to be anything more than that.
September 18, 2015
[Winchester's] a charmingly roguish performer, and in The Player he's well-matched to his character.
September 18, 2015
In addition to wonderful on screen chemistry and quality narrative ability, what The Player also has going for it is some of the best action hitting prime-time this fall.