The Player: Season 1 Reviews

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March 10, 2020
The pilot is just preposterous both in how it delivers its story, and how it asks audiences to invest in its premise. There's something here, but The Player's first script is nowhere near ready to embrace it.
April 26, 2017
It veers between deeply implausible to formulaic and slightly predictable. And, when you've got Wesley Snipes and a Vegas setting you expect something more.
September 28, 2015
The pilot for NBC's The Player reminded me of trying to play checkers with chess pieces. The rules are still the same on paper and you can find some enjoyment out of it. Ultimately though, it works much better with the original pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
September 25, 2015
NBC dealt one too many cards from the deck because The Player is basically absurd with a dollop of stupid on top and a whole bunch of empty tossed in for filler.
September 24, 2015
It's not uncommon to see a series recycled from the parts of far better ones, but it's exceedingly rare to find one that does as little with those parts as The Player.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
September 24, 2015
The Player might not be the dumbest show of all time ... but it's up there.
September 24, 2015
Sure, Thursday's pilot is junk, but it's pretty, diligent junk, essentially The Whopper of action TV, heaped high with mayhem condiments.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 24, 2015
Within the first two episodes of Heroes Reborn - which air back-to-back for its Thursday-night premiere - it becomes clear that this is still very much the same show that played four seasons and outstayed its welcome by three.
September 24, 2015
It's beyond preposterous; it sets a new standard for tin-eared Hollywood figuring somebody would go for this stuff.
September 24, 2015
And no, despite the presence of an under-employed Wesley Snipes and whatever wan hopes NBC might have had, there are no signs in The Player that the show could ever have been more than a standard-issue, hunky crime-fighter, mindlessly competent TV show.
September 24, 2015
The premise is repugnant, and the execution is preposterous.
September 24, 2015
The show about high-stakes gambling is evidence of NBC's risk aversion. Don't hate The Player, hate the game. Well... maybe also hate The Player.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 24, 2015
The Player is missing a full deck. The new NBC crime procedural about a private security consultant who tries to thwart crime as gamblers bet on the outcome makes little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 24, 2015
NBC's The Player just might be the dumbest new show this fall.
September 24, 2015
Over-stuffing the pilot isn't the show's biggest flaw...No, the worst aspect of this action show is that the action isn't all that great.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
September 24, 2015
Although this isn't a flat-out terrible series, don't bet on NBC having a winner opposite fearsome time slot competition from CBS' Thursday Night Football and ABC's How to Get Away with Murder. No one likes those odds.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 24, 2015
Arch in execution and mostly just silly, this feels like a parody of an action movie that went straight to video.
September 23, 2015
The setup for this high-concept action thriller is just as silly and unconvincing as its use of the Vegas setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 23, 2015
As if there weren't already enough reasons to dislike Las Vegas, along comes The Player, a new action series from NBC with a ludicrous plot full of unlikable characters played by not particularly likable actors.
September 23, 2015
Like Snipes in his most recent high-profile movie, "The Player" is expendable.
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