Written December 22, 2012
I thoroughly disliked the first hour of this movie. The rest was ok, but the payoff at the end was satisfying. Overall, I felt it was a contrived love story. It was unbelievable and interesting at the same time and the good cast couldn't win me over. Jennifer Lawrence is the only one that came close to outpacing prior performances. I was disappointed in this one, but the ending made it ok......thus the +.
Written August 05, 2015
Jennifer Lawrence continues to grow in front of our eyes....absolutely talented and exciting to watch. Bradley Cooper a surprise .... Played this role to perfection. The two of them together were perfect, acerbic chemistry. De Niro went back to some of his old acting talent and became the character that he needed to be. Exceptionally smart writing. Script even seemed improvisational, it flowed so easily and quirky like we actually speak in real life. Beginning a bit manic-y but it becomes apparent why as movie progresses. Will see it again!
Written November 24, 2012
What a lovely "little move". Okay, the outcome is predictable...but happy endings are a treat these days. The acting is super...down to the smallest parts. The settings believable. The dialogue intelligent...even when it's poking fun at itself. A much better two hours than sseveral of this season's "major" pictures.
Written September 28, 2013
While the basic story line of this movie is nothing that hasn't been done a zillion different ways, the creativity of the characters, their development and the acting execution draws you in and holds you. You come to really like and root for the main characters, and there's that little sense of loss as the movie winds to an end, leaving you wanting more.
Written November 29, 2015
My partner and I decided to see this movie after watching a pre-release interview with Bradley Cooper. It sounded interested (plus we're from the Philadelphia area) so we decided to find a theater showing it. As there was only one movie theater showing it in our area with only three times available, we were a little wary of just how good this movie would be.
The good news was that it was a great little movie with some believable performances by Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro. As a young man dealing with bi-polar depression, Cooper came across as the real deal as he struggles to get his life together after a court-mandated stay at a Baltimore psychiatric hospital.
Lawrence plays another character dealing with her own demons after the accidental death of her policeman husband. The two of them meet and the real story begins.
Put this movie on your "to do" list...it will definitely be a good addition.