Russell's Best Yet

By Kristofferson
Written November 26, 2012
David O. Russell has always been one of my favorite directors. From his hits, like The Fighter, to his misses, I Heart Huckabees, Russell has always made highly intelligent, funny, deeply emotional movies. Silver Linings Playbook is his best effort to date and the best movie I've seen this year. The screenplay is so smart and tight, there is never a wasted line or scene. It perfectly walks the line between quick humor, to dealing with the savage pain and hurt we all feel in life at one point or another. The characters are crazy, messed up, and highly relatable if we're honest, I think. The score highlights the moments and emotions well and the acting is top-notch. Every actor has a chance to shine in this film with few cookie-cutter or two-dimensional roles in the cast. Russell has perfected his art of original wit and taking hard looks at humanity and our struggles as we try and understand and survive the reality we all find ourselves in. Go see it. You won't regret it.
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Bipolar must be tough

By randihal
Written February 26, 2017
We thought it was over-amplified and terribly irritating. The ending saves the movie, and Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful, but father and son were both too nuts to listen to for so long.
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Heartbreaking and Hilarious

By nise1231
Written February 24, 2017
I expected a lot from this movie, reading about the Oscar buzz, having read the book, so I knew I was setting myself up for disappointment. None of that though, this movie was GREAT, capturing the balance between comedy and tragedy that movies seldom can but that feels instantly real. The reason to see the movie is of course for the performances. Bradley Cooper surprises in a role very different for him. Jackie Weaver captures the role of his mother who is the family's rock while never really stepping out from the shadows. And it wouldn't be fair to say I'm surprised by Jennifer Lawrence because she has proven time and time again to be hugely talented, and this movie just confirms that. Her portrayal is layered and heartbreaking and honest, and I hope the buzz is right that she's getting a nomination for it because it's well-deserved. A completely satisfying movie proving that great storytelling doesn't have to be desperately sad.
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Fun movie!

By nancyhartsock
Written January 19, 2017
We liked the movie a lot! Bradley and Jennifer were amazing and perfectly cast in these parts, and it was SO FUN watching our neighborhood in a movie! If we hadn't read the book first we would have loved the movie more. The book was so rich in so many ways, and the movie watered it down and changed it a lot. But for all the liberties taken, it was a movie both men and women will enjoy, and my husband and I would definitely recommend.
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Silver LIning Playbook

By timmer55
Written October 06, 2016
The body of the movie was good although Bradley Coopers role overplayed the OCD/Be open an honest post mental hospital role. The romantic outcome with Tiffany was anticipated and could have been developed more with the relationships ultimate outcome, which everyone knew would be a better fit for both. But, Hollywood has a habit of keeping the dramatic intact longer than necessary and I for one would like to see hope and comfort arrive quicker in the movie, so the viewer could enjoy the movie more , not just stress from anticipation, thats what life is for. Finally, it would be great to see a better filmography in pre-movie credits so we dont have to guess and wonder where we say a specific actor. Overall an 8.
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