Full Movie Reviews
Guilherme - wrote on 09/17/2016
This movie is directed by David O. Russel, which has a very unique and singular filmmaking stiles, which light up the actors performances enclosing the camera in almost all shots during this whole movie, capturing even the tiny expressions. This is a movie based on a book from Matthew Quick and works, indeed, along with the book. The casting for this movie was great, focusing on the four main characters and how great and subtle and always in the right tone they were. Flawless performances specially from Cooper and Lawrence. De Niro again nailed it as Cooper`s father. The script and the performances held the audience and the movie itself beautifully. Lawrence throws the performance of her life. This movie is a perfect and clever enough to be watched several times, and the most important …
Gabe - wrote on 06/22/2014
What a great film! David O. Russell always seems to get the best out of his actors and this was a tour-de-force of great acting. This truly was an actors film. And we were all along for the ride. It's too bad that this film had to come out the same year as Lincoln, because Bradley Cooper deserved the Academy Award just as much as his co-star, Jennifer Lawrence, who won. Russell is so good getting the best out of his actors, that Chris Tucker gives a great performance.
I haven't even discussed the story. I first glance, this looks and feels just like your typical romantic comedy, but it's much more. I don't know anyone struggling with mental illness, but this made me feel the struggle of caring for someone afflicted with the disease.
This is a great film with some of the best …
Leslie - wrote on 01/23/2014
I have to admit, I didn’t think much about this comedy, romance movie at first. I was getting a little bored with the bipolar antics of Pat (Bradley Cooper), and the denial drenched, obsessive compulsive disorder behavior of Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro). Even zany Danny (Chris Tucker), with his multiple personalities and psychiatric hospital breaks, was coming off as stuffy. That is until Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) cleared the air and the dinner table at the diner, with that unforgettable release of righteous indignation. After all, who’s crazier? The self admitted loony, or the loony who thinks he’s normal? Even though I think the world could benefit from seeing less movies that have a happy ending for the lovers involved (Am I the only one who’s tired of happy endings in movies? After …
memento_mori - wrote on 06/24/2013
Bradley Cooper, where have you been all these years?
Another comedy classic for the future, written and directed by David O. Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter) and starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and… CHRIS TUCKER?
The story is about Pat Solitano, Jr., an undiagnosed bi-polar, who was the victim of a mental breakdown after catching his wife in the shower with his colleague.
Jennifer Lawrence plays Tiffany Maxwell, a young woman with similar problems in her life.
I'll say it right off the bat: This movie is phenomenal.
The script is quirky, funny, warm-hearted and hits the line between comedy and drama perfectly.
The acting is purely authentic. Bradley Cooper had a really good year in 2012; with this film and The Place …
Jrmovielover - wrote on 06/17/2013
Silver Lining's Playbook: 4.5/5
Pat Salitano is a man burdened down by mental disorders and the nasty divorce he went through. An 8 month stay in the psych ward is believed to be just the right remedy for Pat and with that he is released. The biggest thing making an impact on his mind is this notion that he can get his wife back. While reconnecting with some old friends he meets a girl who is willing to help him get back in touch his estranged wife. Now Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are perfect for this movie. They essentially live and breath the characters they play. The diner scene was one of the most well written, acted, and directed scenes of the entire film. So back to the story. Tiffany offers to help Pat get a letter to his wife but he would need to become her dance …
preston - wrote on 04/15/2013
What an awesome surprise. A very serious movie about mental illness and coping with loss disguised as romantic comedy.
Great direction, awesome casting, incredible performances by Robert Deniro, Jennifer Lawrence and even Bradley Cooper (that was the biggest surprise) and a strong soundtrack/score combine to create my favorite movie of 2012.
Things I loved about this movie: Bradley Cooper cutting weight by working out while wearing a trash bag, Chris Tucker's performance, Robert Deniro's OCD, Bradley Cooper's lack of a communication filter and the dance scene.
I typically push back when everyone I know tells me I need to see a movie- I'm typically right to avoid such suggestions (The Passion of the Christ is the first example that comes to mind.) This time i should have taken …
Rod - wrote on 04/14/2013
Released from a mental health institution after months of detainment, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) lives with his parents. Desperate to reconnect with his wife, Nikki, he befriends Tifanny (Jennifer Lawrence) who is now a widow, and spends time together.
To some extent I could not understand why this movie was actually nominated for Academy Awards. I felt the film, in general, was plain and simple, without any big surprises in it. Yes, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, with Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver was a good cast to start with, but still it did not deliver a great punch on viewers which would make this film a great one. Also, the material was there, a deep story which worked as a comedy-drama, but I did not find a "soul" of the film, the core which would really …
Lee - wrote on 02/03/2013
Wow when overlooking this years Oscar nominees (Well for last year's films that is) and now watching alot of them there have been some real gems. 'The Silver Linings Playbook' is no excpetion with great performances by Bradley Cooper (Who is nominated for the best actor award) Robert Deniro and the always great and incredibly beautiful Jennifer Lawrence as well. Pat (Cooper) gets released from a mental institution after spending 8 months there after catching his wife cheating on him. Apon getting released he is still obsessed with finding his wife and runs into another female Tiffany Maxwell (Lawrence) who has many issues of her own although the more time Pat spends with her he finds he is not only falling for her (Cant blame him there) he is getting help in getting on with his life. …
MovieAddict - wrote on 02/03/2013
The story centers on Pat, (Bradley Cooper of Hangover) a former substitute teacher who returns to his Philadelphia home of parents Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and Dolores (Jacki Weaver) as part of a court agreement after spending eight months in a Baltimore mental institution.
Apparently Pat is there because he had nearly beat a man to death after discovering him in the shower with his wife Nikki. Since you cannot legally beat up your wife's lover, criminal charges were filed. As part of that proceeding Pat is forced to be institutionalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder -- a condition related to manic depressive illness. And yet he refuses to stay on his medication and believes he can control himself. Now he vows to do everything he can -- starting by getting in shape with the sole …
MikeInMotion - wrote on 01/19/2013
David O. Russell is a director that I first discovered with 2010’s great movie, The Fighter. With that movie he took a very simple story that we’ve all heard before, yet he made it seem fresh because of well-written dialogue and strong performances. It was an emotional roller coaster that put a completely different spin on the boxer down-on-his-luck story.
With Silver Linings Playbook O. Russell did something similar. We have what appears to be a very simple story about a man trying come back to society after some mental issues, and how his path collides with a girl and both of their lives change as a result. But again, and even more so than with The Fighter, he completely turns the formula on its head, giving us real situations with real character that convey real emotion. These are …