• Released
  • February 8, 2013
  • (NY, LA Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 23 min
  • Drama
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The Playroom Synopsis
In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
The Playroom captures the malaise of mid-’70s suburbia with a merciless accuracy not seen since Ang Lee’s 1997 film, “The Ice Storm.”
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83

Film.com

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The kids’ performances are effective and strong, with little touches that bring them to life as recognizable types of smart young people.
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80

Village Voice

The Playroom jettisons all things cute, but still takes flight by portraying the characters, adult and juvenile, under direct lighting, and...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
A rare example of a grown-up story compellingly told from the perspective of children, The Playroom is a modest gem.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The precedent for a movie like this is Ang Lee’s bruised "The Ice Storm," but whereas that film sprung from a novel that burns with...
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60

Los Angeles Times

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The drama often feels posed and inert. Even so, it strikes more than a few chords as it digs deeper than period cliché.
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50

Slant Magazine

Lacking much in the way of character depth, the film attempts to fill the gap with melodrama.
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38

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The tone of The Playroom is one of soppy moroseness. This imitation “Ice Storm” is as refreshing as a step into a puddle of slush.
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30

NPR

By Scott Tobias
Between the loaded conversations and metaphors, and the phony overlay of a children's fairy tale, The Playroom can't stop telegraphing...
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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Parents seek joy, ignore kids in difficult, powerful drama.
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