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Silver Linings Playbook

8/10
Romance . Comedy . Drama
 

After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.

 
Actors: Dash Mihok , Julia Stiles , Shea Whigham , John Ortiz , Anupam Kher , Chris Tucker , Jacki Weaver , Robert De Niro , Jennifer Lawrence , Bradley Cooper
Directors: David O. Russell
Country: USA
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  • Steve Persall

    Silver Linings Playbook is a bracing shaken cocktail of awkward failure and accidental success, with Pat and Tiffany making a refreshing and unlikely couple to root for. We just want them to be abnormal together, share their favorite antidepressants, maybe even dance to Stevie Wonder.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    When films are good, actors and directors get a lot of the credit that should go to the screenwriters. In the case of Silver Linings Playbook, which is one of the best films of the year, there is a popcorn bowl of glory to go around.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Silver Linings Playbook is rich in life's complications. It will make you laugh, but don't expect it to fit in any snug genre pigeonhole. Dramatic, emotional, even heartbreaking, as well as wickedly funny, it has the gift of going its own way, a complete success from a singular talent.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    For all its high-flying zaniness the movie has the sting of life, and its humor feels dredged up from the same dark, boggy place from which Samuel Beckett extracted his yuks.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Everything comes together brilliantly in Silver Linings Playbook - for the film's crazed but uncrazy lovers; for the filmmaker, David O. Russell, and best of all for lucky us.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Family nuttiness, football madness, romantic obsession, and certifiable mental illness coexist happily in Silver Linings Playbook - a crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    It is, without doubt, a transcendent endeavor, from its exhilaratingly smart screenplay - director David O. Russell's adaptation of the novel by former South Jersey teacher Matthew Quick - to the unexpected and moving turns of its two leads.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    An enormously entertaining, crowd-pleasing winner from the director whose comedic edge has never been sharper.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    A funny, believable film about the ability of even the damaged and imperfect to earn a little happiness.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Incredibly heartfelt to a large degree because of its cast.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    For a movie that seems at times to have no idea what it's trying to do, 'Silver Linings Playbook' is compulsively watchable. ... Throwing together so many movie tropes and blending them is both a brilliant idea and a scary one, but one that Russell proves well capable of handling.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Great cinema? Hell, I don't know. But one of the most satisfying movies of the holiday season, that much is for sure.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Cheerfully yet poignantly exposing the struggles, anxieties, disorders and obsessions of ordinary people, this is a film as odd as it is charming.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Never one to shy away from unlikely sources of comedy, David O. Russell tackles mental illness, marital failure and the curative powers of football with bracingly sharp and satisfying results in Silver Linings Playbook.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    These aren't people whose problems can be solved quickly or easily. They'll need medication, therapy, patience, self-awareness and willingness to compromise to conquer troubles, and Russell makes us root for them as they stumble along.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Thankfully, this fractured fairy tale of mental illness, family drama, ragged romance and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fandom has landed in the superbly capable hands of David O. Russell.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Silver Linings Playbook is eager to sting instead of soothe. It's one of the year's best movies because Russell makes you laugh till it hurts.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Cooper gives the performance just the right lunacy and doubt.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    This is writer-director David O. Russell's idea of a romantic comedy, and it's terrific - one of the freshest, funniest, most elevating crowd-pleasers of the year.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Cooper's performance is his best yet. As is Lawrence's (the more crucial role, in fact).

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    We're fully aware of the plot conventions at work here, the wheels and gears churning within the machinery, but with these actors, this velocity and the oblique economy of the dialogue, we realize we don't often see it done this well. Silver Linings Playbook is so good, it could almost be a terrific old classic.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Ultimately, this is an engaging, uplifting, and life-affirming motion picture that reminds viewers that it is possible to do interesting things with a romantic comedy while still sticking to some of the conventions.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    It's the perfect material for Russell, who not only deals perceptively with the dizzying swings of manic depression, but makes it the fabric of a big, generous, happy-making ensemble comedy.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The result is an intelligent and well-crafted film that works to inspire audiences by finding the humor amid the prevailing bittersweetness of life, and that celebrates the strength of the human spirit with a dose of unbridled and entirely embraceable optimism.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It's Lawrence who knocked me sideways. I loved her in "Winter's Bone" and "The Hunger Games" but she's very young - I didn't think she had this kind of deep-toned, layered weirdness in her.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Cooper and Lawrence could so easily have stumbled over the logistical bumps and clichés strewn across Russell's defiantly dark script. Instead, they glide right over them, creating an edgy romantic dramedy that suits our anxious times.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Cooper mostly tamps down that Sexiest Man Alive demeanor that follows him from film to film, and Lawrence – a continually startling young talent – counterpoises her Bardot beauty with a blistering snarl. They both play hurt people clawing their way toward wellness, but it's Lawrence who makes you feel the hurt in your heart – and the hope that it'll get better soon.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It's slick stuff, but Lawrence, in her most high-low, sad-comic turn yet, is remarkable.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Jennifer Lawrence's smart, funny and altogether masterful performance as a troubled widow in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook simply blows away the competition in this year's race for the Best Actress Oscar.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Silver Linings is consistently entertaining, with its scrappy, well-drawn characters, offbeat humor and indefatigable positive outlook.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    If David O. Russell pulls anything off in Silver Linings Playbook - an almost-comedy about a bipolar high-school teacher who goes off the deep end and isn't sure how to climb back - it's this: He refuses to make mental illness adorable.

    NPR Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Lawrence and Cooper have electric chemistry, and the director pulls off one of the most satisfying romantic Hollywood endings seen in years.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It's a movie you're glad to inhabit for a full two hours, because it never stops surprising you - it's lopsided and spotty, but it's alive in a way that suddenly makes you remember to what degree most Hollywood movies aren't.

    Slate Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    The glorious mess that is Pat's family and community is the warmest, funniest aspect of Silver Linings Playbook.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The performances of these actors are reason enough to go. The reason to stay is Lawrence.

    Time Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    It's a slow, repetitive, meandering, mostly overacted little picture - perfectly agreeable but nothing special, and directed with a steamroller by David O. Russell. Go figure.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    Likable, watchable and has a nice supporting turn from Robert De Niro; I'm not sure I wouldn't rather watch this again than the macho acting in Russell's boxing drama "The Fighter."

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Damon Wise

    Jennifer Lawrence is the standout in a tonally uneven, eccentric romantic dramedy that fuses "The Fisher King" with "Romy And Michele's High School Reunion."

    Empire Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    Manic as it might be stylistically, emotionally Silver Linings Playbook maintains too even of a keel. It's a film about the alienated that makes sure to alienate no one, a movie depicting wild mood extremes that never rises or falls above a dull hum of diversion, never exploding into riotous comedy or daring to be devastatingly sad.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Yet it's impossible to shake the sense that what felt thrillingly, cohesively alive in the director's earlier movies plays here with more laurel-resting creakiness than go-for-broke verve. Russell's once-mercurial assets have become a formula.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Rob James

    Russell follows "The Fighter" with a softer, soapier family dysfunction drama, lightly comic enough to make for palatable Friday-night viewing. As its nutty lovebirds, Cooper and Lawrence save Playbook from the director's surprisingly mundane impulses.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    As a movie about mental illness, Silver Linings Playbook is more lightweight than lighthearted. But thanks to Lawrence, it does one good thing most movies don't do. It actually gets better as it goes along.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark Keizer

    It's not much, but adult audiences starved for mature entertainment should be counted on to investigate this flawed, if admittedly heartfelt, work.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Calum Marsh

    When one stops to consider how irksomely on the nose so much of this is, the qualities which intend to most readily ingratiate the film with us begin to appear perceptibly disingenuous and false.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Denby

    Pretty much a miscalculation from beginning to end. [26 Nov. 2012, p.87]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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