A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
"Silver Linings Playbook," the exuberant new movie from David O. Russell, does almost everything right.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Silver Linings is consistently entertaining, with its scrappy, well-drawn characters, offbeat humor and indefatigable positive outlook.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Would that every feel-good movie came by its good feelings so honestly.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
No matter how grim it's looking for certain kinds of laughter, as long as there's David O. Russell, things will be OK.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Manic as it might be stylistically, emotionally Silver Linings Playbook maintains too even of a keel.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
An edgy romantic dramedy that suits our anxious times.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
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.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Sharp of tongue, generous of spirit, Silver Linings Playbook is a jagged, loopy romantic comedy about "crazy" people that insists, deep down, we're all a little nuts.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
This meaningful film keeps the laughs, giddy anxiousness and warm butterflies from the trailer and sustains it all through two full hours of a love story.
Ricardo Baca - Denver Post
'Silver Linings Playbook' is fun, sharp and sometimes moving, but it's not reinventing any kind of wheel.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Pretty much a miscalculation from beginning to end.
David Denby - New Yorker
"Silver Linings Playbook" is so good, it could almost be a terrific old classic.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
I say good for Russell for risking a protagonist who requires some patience and forgiveness.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
David O. Russell returns to his distinctive brand of neurotic screwball comedy, and like his early features Spanking the Monkey and Flirting With Disaster, this one somersaults giddily from sanity to insanity to sanity again.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
A head-spinning wonder of a movie about love and pain, reclamation and the totemic power of a National Football League franchise.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Silver Linings Playbook tells us that happily-ever-after may depend on finding people who coexist with our lunacy, not ones who can lead us out of it. In any case, it's crazy good.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It shouldn't work - there's just too much going on. But it does. Spectacularly. Go see it.
Tom Long - Detroit News
For a movie that seems at times to have no idea what it's trying to do, "Silver Linings Playbook" is compulsively watchable.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
There's nothing wrong with the overrated Jennifer Lawrence that some serious acting lessons couldn't improve. The rest of the actors are pretty much on their own.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
In a script that never lapses into mundane or uninteresting language, the scenes between Pat and Tiffany are sculpted with an almost David Mamet-like sharpness.
Justin Chang - Variety
Because of Lawrence, I just can't write off this movie.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Silver Linings Playbook isn't perfect - the ending is untidy - but it may just be the year's best comedy.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
With great pacing, a great sense of the moment and some of the most entertaining one-liners you'll find this side of a Coen brothers' film, there's much to like about Silver Linings Playbook.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Turning frantic relationship problems into breezy entertainment, Russell gives Silver Linings Playbook the air of a classic romcom, strengthening it with the type of sophisticated insight into human behavior that Preston Sturges might make today.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
Silver Linings Playbook is a neurotic ode to family dysfunction and accepting the universal screwup in all of us, which is to say it's maybe the most heartwarming movie you'll ever see about bipolarity.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It's a rom-com that succeeds in revitalizing that discredited genre where so many others have failed, injecting it with the grit and emotion of realist drama rather than with amped-up whimsy or social satire or montages of people walking on the beach.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Silver Linings Playbook is a quirky adult romantic comedy that goes beyond the standard rhythms of the genre.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence expand their range in David O. Russell's winning comedy romance about two people struggling to rebuild their lives.
David Rooney - Hollywood Reporter
David O. Russell has pulled off a tricky feat here, finding just the right tone in crafting a romantic comedy whose sweethearts suffer from bipolar disorder and depression.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The performances of these actors are reason enough to go.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Tinged with shadows and ignited by Lawrence and Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook raises the bar on romantic comedy. It's crazy good.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Just about everybody in the cast of David O. Russell's strange and disturbing and deeply romantic new film has the chance to act with a capital A.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
It's clever and cute and never lets you forget it, winning in spite of how much it insists on it.
Sam Adams - Los Angeles Times
Wouldn't it be great if mental illness really was as adorable as it is in the movies?
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
"Silver Linings Playbook" makes comic hay from bipolar illness, early death, sexual adventurism, self-improvement binges, football fanaticism, degenerate gambling and father-son estrangement, as one would expect from latter-day Russell movies.
But Silver Linings Playbook never induces a roll of the eyes, even if it never really surprises.
- Film Comment Magazine
In an age when the concept of comedies about possible kinships between characters is dominated by sugary devices and contrivance, here at last is a movie about real situations, real people and the natural experiences that evolve from them.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
A unique dramedy that stands heads and shoulders above most romantic films.
John Hanlon - John Hanlon Reviews
A wild mess, but what a mess it is.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
It finds the gentle balance between traditional romantic comedy and artistic exploration of the laws of attraction.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
A romantic comedy for people who don't like what Hollywood has been calling 'romantic comedies' these days.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
One of the most pleasurably offbeat experiences since the Philadelphia Eagles last enjoyed a winning season.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
A deft treatment of its delicate subject material and some remarkable performances that give the film both touching, raw, authentic emotion and a certain kinetic humor.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Jennifer Lawrence is the only aspect of the film that truly lives up to the trumped-up awards buzz and hype, but being a perfectly enjoyable light comedy with heaps of heart is no small feat in itself.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
I love the work that deNiro and Lawrence do here, but ultimately all they do is prove the old adage that you can cover up a lot of problems with the script by hiring good actors.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
"Silver Linings Playbook" could not be a more awkward love story. But I loved every second of it!
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Silver Linings Playbook looks like your run-of-the-mill wacky family comedy, but it's an important film and a great one that deserves to sweep the awards it's nominated for.
Rima Sabina Aouf - Concrete Playground
Silver Linings Playbook is defined by the positive decisions that are made in the face of imperfection, desperation, and the desolate wasteland of your world in pieces.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Director David O. Russell forms a unique and incredible romance dramedy...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
There is some charm to the story, but the final act is very neat, predictable, contrived, and not up to originality of the first two.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Director David O. Russell is a little too chipper at times - breaking a restraining order is really no joke - but he brings a breeziness to this likeable tale of two misfits trying to make it work.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
It may be a Hollywood comedy, but it's one that feels beautifully alive.
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
On the surface Silver Linings Playbook is a raucous romantic comedy, but its real interests are superstition and delusion.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
A volatile mix of familial drama and madcap comedy, infectious optimism and razor-wire wit, it's one of the most purely enjoyable films released in the past twelve months.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Parece desistir de qualquer traco de originalidade em seu climax, quando se entrega a todos os cliches do genero: mal-entendidos, mocinhos obrigados a correr atras da mocinha pela rua e, claro, o insuportavel travelling circular do beijo romantico.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
I suppose the phrase 'serious romantic comedy' sounds like a paradox. But that's exactly what 'Silver Linings Playbook' is: an intelligent, edgy dark comedy with romance at its core.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
This is a rom-com dressed up as an Oscar-baiting "dramedy". It's a good rom-com thanks to it's edge... but occasionally has the bad traits of a bad rom-com.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Silver Linings Playbook puts the "fun" in "dysfunction." And sure, that sounds glib, but actually, it's a rather extraordinary achievement. Especially when you're skirting on the edges of sanity.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
A bittersweet pill that's a mixture of an endearing family drama and modern romance that's an absolute delight.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
tows the line of conventional, feel-good Hollywood rom-com, albeit dressed up in just enough art-house quirk to make it feel like something slightly radical
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A reminder that 'sanity' doesn't make your flaws any more orderly.
Liam Maguren - Flicks.co.nz
Silver Linings Playbook is a fine, funny film, and one that should charm viewers who haven't been tricked by all those Oscar nominations into anticipating it as some kind of world-changing work of art for the ages.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
David O. Russell's latest buzz film straddles a fine line between farce and kitchen-sink drama before settling into a groove that gets under one's skin.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
It starts to fray about halfway through as it shifts into a more conventional mode, taking on the usual trappings of the genre and making its way to a predictable resolution
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Both charming and gritty... Cooper is edgy, while Lawrence is dynamite
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
If there's one reason why you should see this film, it's to admire the wonderful performances from Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Cooper and Lawrence Shine in Linings.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Down-to-earth, funnier than you'd expect, and sympathetic toward its volatile, damaged characters.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks.
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
Just the sheer number of characters flitting around, each scrambling for plot space, gives an idea of just how frantic this movie can be. But Russell expertly uses all of it for maximum emotional -- and sometimes physical -- impact.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Yes, the marketing presents it as a big broad comedy -- and it certainly is -- but it's also a unique and involving tale of two outsiders who together find a way to get on with life after it has dealt them some bad hands.
Kevin Jagernauth - The Playlist
It's tough to go wrong when your movie features two of the hottest stars, but director David O. Russell doesn't stop there.
Chris Knight - National Post
Cooper and Lawrence radiate off each other as they run both physically and mentally away from (and towards) each other.
Allison Loring - Film School Rejects
When Lawrence and Cooper are together, their chemistry jumps and sparks and their rat-a-tat psycho-banter aims for Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell territory.
Dave White - Movies.com
A cinematic high-wire act that audaciously blends edgy comedy together with genuinely touching drama into one of the most purely and surprisingly entertaining movies of the year.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Director David O. Russell, who adapted the novel, and his cast fill the story with engaging, believable characters.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Fine mainstream sitcom material.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Writer-director David O. Russell keeps the audience guessing. He takes unexpected twists and turns as if defying you to guess what will come next.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Consistently engaging, funny, and touching. This is the kind of picture in which two hours of running time whiz by in a flash.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Silver Linings Playbook is the best movie of 2012 and the acting is mind-boggling good. Give me the Oscar picks, and it wins in every nominated category.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Succeeds less on the merits of aesthetics than its willingness to give in to crowd-pleasing effervescence.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
A quirky, dramatic and totally entertaining movie that features someof the best acting of the year.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Having gone from unknown actress to Oscar nominee to "The Hunger Games" in what seemed like a blink of an eye, Lawrence shows herself a master of timing and plays off Cooper brilliantly.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Silver Linings Playbook doesn't settle for the routine or the cliche. It's a funny drama about imperfect people looking for love. It also happens to be the best romantic comedy in years.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
Unique, beguiling, and occasionally frustrating: These descriptions equally apply to Silver Linings Playbook and its two central characters.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Russell keeps the outcome interesting; he knows that every silver lining has a cloud.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
A feel-good film filled with laughs and memorable performances, David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook leaves you so ecstatically happy that it might just be the most recommendable movie of 2012.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The plot is clever and a bit unconventional. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro all turn in wonderful performances in this very funny, very warm comedy.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
During its rocky road to becoming a fractured love story, Silver Linings Playbook and its great ensemble cast run a funny, conflict-mined, even suspenseful path. It's a total winner.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Unlike the usual run-of-the-mill rom-com, this film bristles with life from the central core of the love story, to the quirky band of supporting players who add to the fun.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
With "The Silver Linings Playbook," Russell picks up the traditional quirky rom-com genre and shakes it around, just to see what happens. Where it's going is fairly predictable; how it gets there isn't.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
A delightfully dysfunctional romantic comedy that's moving, funny and features just the right amount of crazy love.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
A tenderhearted tale about two terribly wounded souls who survive by grudgingly leaning on each other's shoulder.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
Your best bet for a movie that will entertain you, make you laugh and maybe even make you tear-up.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Russell handles the shifts in tone extremely effectively, and has sacrificed little of his sardonic edge in crafting something this superficially accessible.
Funny without being glib, serious without being pretentious or depressing, this is a mature movie with fully realized characters and fine performances.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Cooper gives a fine performance in a difficult role, but the one who really shines is Lawrence. Beautiful and sexy, she should be up for awards for this one.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Silver Linings Playbook is really touching, and more memorable than all the rom-coms of 2012 put together.
Staci Layne Wilson - StaciWilson.com
The movie itself is bipolar, full of mounting tension and hilarity like a classic screwball comedy, but it's all just barely skimming above a deep layer of darkness.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Pat's rhyming relationship with Pat Senior makes the son (played by Bradley Cooper) different from the many other movie manboys you've seen in the past couple of years.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
delivers the kind of sharply timed laughs that Sturges and Wilder would've appreciated
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
There's a lot to like here and with strong performances all-around, a fresh script with characters that sound and act real. Add this film to your essential Oscar viewing game plan.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Loaded with pleasant surprises, this adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel combines romantic comedy, dysfunctional family woes and a sense of danger without ever losing its way.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
One hundred percent predictable, yet strangely kind of fun.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
It's honest you see; and honestly, as any fule no, is the bedrock of any successful relationship whether it be between two homo fictives or an audience and their movies.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
...recalls the screwball psychiatry of Russell's earlier efforts, only this time the farce has heart.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
'Screwball' is a slang term for 'crazy,' and perhaps this is what inspired writer-director David O. Russell to literalize as well as update the screwball comedy genre here...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
When you make a movie set in Philly, you'd better get it right. Knowledgeable Eagles' fans may find Russell's sense of history maddening.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Writer-director David O. Russell's out-of-control filmmaking style is perfectly suited to a romantic-comedy involving mental illness, and he infuses the film with a sparky unpredictability that's echoed in the perfectly graded performances of the cast.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
Smart, funny, great performances
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Indeed the movie does make you feel quite good about humanity as the final credits roll.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
...ultimately unable to wholeheartedly become the feel-good romantic comedy that Russell has clearly intended...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Easily overcomes its familiar beats, thanks to a real attention to character detail, a nonjudgmental approach to all the flaws plaguing the players, and a cast that works beautifully together.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Laugh out loud funny at times and gut wrenching at others with just the right amount of bleak material to be intriguing and not overly depressing, Silver Linings Playbook is one of the most genuine and human films of the year.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
Cooper is terrific as a bipolar depressive ( ... ) and Jennifer Lawrence is quite fearsome as Tiffany. Unfortunately, there's also something off-balance about the whole enterprise which repeated American football references will not correct in the UK.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Silver Linings Playbook remains a very classy, acceptably funny slice of comic drama. But that eventual cop-out feels deeply unsatisfactory.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
[H]alf thrilling, as it always is when a movie does well something The Movies don't typically try to do at all, and half uncomfortable, because it's not always easy to watch.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Love is not perfect, but it beats the next best thing
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
This is a date movie that caters to the needs of both men and women: American football and comedy, ballroom dancing and romance. Silver Linings Playbook covers all those bases -- and rises above them too.
Kate Muir - Times [UK]
Seeing it a second time has made me love it even more, not always the case.
David Sexton - This is London
A charming, touching and funny film, which sits near the top end of the rom-com world.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
There are times when it does something new with the genre - and it does make you care about the protagonists.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
A feelgood film that doesn't avoid life's harsh realities, Silver Linings Playbook is heartwarming winter treat.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A funny, believable film about the ability of even the damaged and imperfect to earn a little happiness.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
... a terrific ensemble comedy about mental illness that achieves just the right balance of humor and poignancy without trivializing or exploiting the affliction at its center.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
If The Fighter, was Russell's take on a sports movie, then Silver Linings Playbook is his version of a romantic comedy, and a delightfully twisted one at that.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
"Silver Linings Playbook" is a Hollywood romantic comedy made to mask the horrific downside of mental illness while still giving the audience a little sense of superiority as they walk out of the cinema.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Silver Linings Playbook is all things to all moviegoers. Please join the queues circling the blocks.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
It should be unwatchable. But in the sure hands of America's most effervescent humanist director, David O. Russell, it's unmissable.
Jamie Dunn - The Skinny
A man's bi-polar disorder is supposed to give license to implausible and contrived histrionics.
Silver Linings Playbook is always interesting and full of humanity in all its shades. It has plenty of black humour and it's superbly acted.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Might at first look like proper cinema red in tooth and claw, but underneath it's a bundle of matted fleece and bleating.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
A hugely enjoyable, warm-hearted romantic comedy-drama with a refreshing honesty towards its subject matter and a pair of terrific performances from Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This is a date movie that doesn't offer the sophistication it thinks it does, but is as enjoyable and good-natured as the genre requires.
Russell crafts a Baker Act romance playing loose and eccentric with the genre. The banter is spikier, wacky sidekicks have issues, too, and Pat and Tiffany's obstacles aren't fluff. The screws are tighter, and the movie is a ball.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Lawrence's bold performance and her fearlessly sexual character are more than Russell knows how to harness.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
An intelligent and well-crafted film that seeks to inspire audiences by finding the humor amid the prevailing bittersweetness of life.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Speaking of Oscars, the great DeNiro is great once again here.
Matthew Odam - Austin American-Statesman
With leads as winning as Cooper and Lawrence, and Russell's signature mix of clever and sincere dialogue, the hook is set.
Michael Burgin - Paste Magazine
Lawrence, in her most high-low, sad-comic turn yet, is remarkable.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Until the characters can take their needs seriously and laugh at themselves, at least a little, they're not going to be healthy. Playbook traces all their journeys from stubborn self-assertion to a fragile connectedness that might lead to lasting bonds.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
With bold camera moves and jumps between scenes, there's an antic quality to "Silver Linings Playbook" that reaches all the way back to such 1930s screwball comedies as "Bringing Up Baby."
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Just the sort of rom-com you'd expect from a director who once came to blows with George Clooney.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Certain movies are sprinkled with pixie dust, an indescribable concoction that infuses scenes with irresistible magic; Silver Linings Playbook is practically hand-rolled and deep-fried in the stuff.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Silver Linings Playbook paves a highly entertaining road to recovery for its characters - one you will be glad to have helped sponsor.
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
With a truly awkward script and no chemistry between the leads this Thanksgiving arrival is a turkey.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
While one respects the film for trying to juggle disparate tones, it never manages to find the proper balance.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Now, this isn't your typical rom-com. This doesn't have Sandra Bullock acting like an idiot for 90 minutes. This is a smart, edgy, brutally honest romance that will shake you up, but will have you hoping these characters will end up with each other.
Austin Kennedy - Film Geek Central
An interesting drama with a wonderful cast (especially Jennifer Lawrence), though it never quite reaches the depth and richness it strives for.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
This is a really funny film with some great performances, but sadly the second half shows that Russell lost track of what was important in the story. This still balances out to a good movie, [but] it could have been great had it stayed on course.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
The film is at once heartfelt and funny, farcical and sincere, and packed with performances that pull off that difficult balancing act. In short, it's a masterpiece.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
Unlike typical romantic genre fare, its jagged edges will make the characters and film a challenge for some viewers, which is the reason why others embrace it.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The Silver Linings Playbook" defies categorization: it's both comedy and drama, without fitting neatly into either genre.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The film is just as clumsy about psychological issues as Hollywood movies generally are, but Jennifer Lawrence's performance makes all that moot.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
David O. Russell's latest entertaining ode to lovable characters you should probably be afraid of.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Going deep without resorting to trick plays, the sure-handed "Silver Linings Playbook" scores on every possession.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Some movies are so likable, so naturally charming, that you'll forgive any dopey idea they throw at you.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Silver Linings Playbook is a rare thing indeed - a romantic comedy that completely delivers on both sides of the equation.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
A deliriously funny and disarmingly poignant love story that's sure to brighten the outlook of even the hardest cynic.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
A well-paced and whip-smart screenplay.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Russell's deft writing, and the ensemble cast, keep it light and entertaining.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The ending is a bust, but there's a wealth of good stuff here.
- Little White Lies
Cooper and Lawrence have a nice, believable chemistry, and by the time they get to the dance competition it's surprising how tense it is and much you are rooting for them.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
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.
Damon Wise - Empire Magazine
Unlikely and engaging, this quirky, off-beat romantic dramedy is a cheerfully enjoyable crowd-pleaser.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Silver Linings Playbook is Cooper and Lawrence's show.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
With Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell has again recalibrated, and achieved the quirky yet poignant balance of his best early work.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
David O. Russell is screwing with us. He's seeing how many indie rom-com tropes he can juggle at the same time and still make it work, with one big twist: Brad Cooper is the Manic Pixie Dream Girl with a penis.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
It's smart, edgy, and filled with some of the best performances of the year
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Offbeat dramedy mixes light and dark; some intense moments.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
What starts off as a serious examination of mental illness turns into an entirely different movie, one with nearly the exact same third act as "High School Musical."
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
Contrived, but beautifully cast and very entertaining.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Pat and Tiffany's love story may only be possible in the movies, but damned if the actors don't make it seem real.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
The title is the only clunky thing in this smart, witty film. Cooper & Lawrence find the balance between being likable and making us queasy. De Niro & Weaver are miraculous.
Caryn James - James on screenS
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.
Consistently funny and, as it builds to its conclusion, also very sweet fun.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
"Silver Linings" feels different and fresh, also sincere.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
It's tiresome to hear reviewers hyping this or that funny movie as "the year's best," so I won't. But you get the idea.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
A determinedly offbeat romance and rather knowing portrait of self-destructive behavior.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Like a production of When Harry Met Sally put on by the characters from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Silver Linings uses cliches like a straight-jacket, containing an otherwise nutty film and making it safe for audiences to approach.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
It might be contrived that way, but we are willing to forgive and accept because the path to what we expect is rewarding.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Cooper gives his most natural, affecting and compelling performance yet...Lawrence makes us forget her dewy youth just minutes into her brittle, biting turn as a woman whose unbalanced rage is even more cleverly concealed...
Silver Linings Playbook is, like its protagonist, hopelessly optimistic ... and it's a sign of the film's potency that we buy into it with our own sense of hopefulness.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Beyond delivering an Oscar-worthy screenplay featuring some terrifically penned dialogue, Russell gets a great deal of help from his terrific cast. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
...that rare thing, a top notch comedy orchestrated by a director with a talent for teasing out the unexpected.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Cooper's performance meets Lawrence's, beautifully, halfway.
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR
Silver Linings Playbook is an infectiously rousing crowd-pleaser about psychological damage and emotional healing, which would seem oxymoronic if not for the authentic, insightful atmosphere and marvelous performances.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
Anyone seeking proof that a movie can transcend its subject should look to Silver Linings Playbook.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out Chicago
Cooper's much better than usual, while the always-great Lawrence is particularly fantastic.
Matt Pais - RedEye
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.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
... this is a film with its own cadence, its own particular sense of music, and it is a tremendous success for writer/director David O. Russell.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
A bittersweet romantic comedy, plain and simple, and, by the time it has added in subplots involving dance competitions and football superstitions, also rather unwieldy.
It's a strain to care about Pat, and it's impossible to believe in his world.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
To that lost and found actor list you can also add Good Script Choosing Robert De Niro, who had been kidnapped by aliens 20 years ago and swapped out for Awful Script Choosing Robert De Niro.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
An unfussy, rambling crowd-pleaser that recalls elements of the filmmaker's past work ...
Alison Willmore - Movieline
A healing and hopeful dramady about friendship. love, family, and optimism that is one of the Best Films of 2012.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The movie doesn't break any thematic ground, and in other hands this same material might have made for an insufferable Katherine Heigl vehicle. But Russell and his cast make it sing - and soar, too.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
While the ultimate takeaway from Silver Linings Playbook is, as the title suggests, optimistic, it's not just because the film has two recognizable stars and a cutesy premise.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
A solid cast delivers in a movie that is thoroughly enjoyable if not consistently great.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
It's not often that a movie can affect you and make you laugh out loud all at once, but "Silver Linings Playbook" coordinates the task with ease.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Most of the way, the film's deficiencies are survivable if only for Jennifer Lawrence and some fleeting moments of emotional clarity and bracing conflict.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
Russell pitches the action at a manic, screwball pace, and the cast is more than up to the task, with Cooper and Lawrence attracting and repelling each other with equal dynamism.
"Playbook" walks a tightrope in how it portrays mental illness -- deriving humor out of its characters' actions while demonstrating just how deep-rooted their problems are.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
I'll admit it. I went "yaaaay!" too. But I felt dirty doing it.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
A razor sharp, unfiltered exploration of recovery and reconciliation.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
David O Russell's movie to love raises the bar on what has become the traditional rom-com.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
The acting is sparky and intelligent, with Cooper proving there's more to him than flashy good looks. As for Lawrence, she acts every role like there's a soulful storm raging inside of her.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
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.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
It manages to positively bleed compassion while remaining light, sexy, dynamic and thought-provoking.
Hannah McGill - The List
A delightful romantic comedy with unusually dark underpinnings.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Russell has a way of transforming what should be cliched stories into something surprising and insightful..it earns its feel-good status, rather than manufactures it.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A thoroughly annoying and staggeringly laughless quirkfest featuring the most alarmingly miscast role of 2012.
Lawrence goes Nicolas Cage crazy in her key moments. However, she kind of shows the most when she goes dead eyed.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
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.
Calum Marsh - Slant Magazine
Makes the life of a film critic that little bit easier by setting 90% of the drama, action and dialogue literally in the middle of the road.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
While the movie follows the rom-com template overall, the awards-worthy acting of the two principals and the hyper pace of the action make this a must-see.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Silver Linings Playbook is the sort of feel-good claptrap that normally irritates me, but Russell plays it with the pitch and verve of a classic screwball comedy.
As its nutty lovebirds, Cooper and Lawrence save Playbook from the director's surprisingly mundane impulses.
Rob James - Total Film
Only a man with a celebrated history of behind-the-scenes altercations with movie stars and a prominent YouTube video of his on-set ravings could possibly mastermind a marvelous feature like Silver Linings Playbook.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
David O. Russell delivers wonderfully left-of-center entertainment time and time again and this is no exception. But this is a film that ultimately belongs to Jennifer Lawrence, thus solidifying her as one of the best actresses of any age working today.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Appealing and enjoyable, David O. Russell's serio comedy is extremely well acted, likely to be embraced by critics, viewers, and Oscar voters.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Few films in recent memory have effectively pulled at the heartstrings like this.
Sam Fragoso - Fan The Fire
A hilarious, romantic and heartfelt crowd pleaser with genuinely great performances makes for one of the first must-see films of the Fall.
David Baldwin - We Got This Covered
It's a crowd-pleaser if I've ever seen one, and something that will have plenty of mileage come awards season. A best picture nomination seems a lock.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium