Written August 05, 2015
It was hysterical and heartwarming while being incredibly dramatic and intense at the same time. There were parts I thought that my heart was going to shoot out of my chest.
Bradley Cooper reached an entire new level. He's gorgeous and just one look on his face and you are transported to his side of the story. Same with Jennifer Lawrence. Both actors are perfect.
It's so real and this is an especially perfect movie for anyone with mental instabilities.
Written November 28, 2015
I only decided to watch this movie after the very high critic scores and rotten tomato rating. I had no idea what is was about. Silver Linings Playbook is a glimpse into a world that many people struggle with everyday and many others have no idea exists. There's a lot of good crazy and sad crazy in this movie.
Bradley Cooper plays a character you root for but your not sure if the outcome will be positive. There are definitely some uncomfortable moments that may make you cringe in your seat. I'm glad I saw this well done depiction of an unconventional love story and personal triumph over the inner demons many with mental disorders face everyday.
A lot is to be said of the acting in this movie. A job well done to the cast!
Written February 12, 2016
De Niro's performance is outstanding -- one of the best from a consummate actor. The rest of the ensemble are excellent, overcoming the problem of an ending that's happier than real life.
An audience of professionals gave his credit line a standing o, well earned..
Written December 02, 2015
Movie started out strong with a realistic portrayal of (severe) mental illness and its effects on family and friends, great writing, direction, and spot-on performances by Cooper and Lawrence. First 2/3 of the movie was well done and drew you in, enough to make you uncomfortable during certain scenes [excellent] .
But then..........somebody apparently decided it was too serious and changed the direction of the movie into a farce rom-com. ??? It went from an emotionally acurate account of two people with almost insurmountable bi-polar, depression, and anxiety issues to........ a dance competition to save dad's restaurant. Seriously. And Coopers character's bi-polar and manic issues magically disappeared without benefit of medication, therapy, or intervention.
Who knocked it out of the park in this movie? Jennifer Lawrence nailed it, due to her tremendous acting range and the fact that her character was written consistantly from beginning to end.
Written May 30, 2016
Didn't cry during "Lincoln." Didn't cry during "Argo." Didn't see Les Miz. Cried when Jennifer Lawrence heard Bradley Cooper tell her he loved her. Damn! That's a great movie!