The Silver Linings Playbook Reviews

Our Review

Give Silver Linings Oscar gold

Adam Bub, MovieFix
Like 2006's Little Miss Sunshine, The Silver Linings Playbook is an offbeat comedy-drama that has swooped past bigger films to become an awards season darling. It's dark, it's funny, and above all, it's very human.

Former teacher Pat Solatono (Bradley Cooper) has lost his job, marriage, and is struggling with bipolar disorder. After an eight-month stint in a psychiatric facility, Pat returns to his parents' home in Philadelphia, living with dad Patrizio (Robert De Niro), and mum Dolores (Jacki Weaver).

With his life at a crossroads, Pat believes the answer lies in reuniting with his wife Nikki (Brea Bee) — and then he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). A young widow, Tiffany has just as many issues as Pat, and she may hold the key to a real silver lining.

For marketing purposes, Silver Linings Playbook has been pitched as a "quirky romantic comedy", which it is at times, but it's also a realistic, moving portrayal of mental illness and dysfunctional families.

Directed by The Fighter's David O Russell and adapted from the novel by Matthew Quick, this film deftly balances the laugh-out-loud with the try-not-to-cry, largely thanks to a flawless cast.

Bradley Cooper suddenly has depth beyond the "Sexiest Man Alive" tag; Aussie Jacki Weaver is radiant as his ever-patient mother; and Jennifer Lawrence is pretty much the most talented actress in cinema at the moment.

But Robert De Niro's turn as an obsessive-compulsive father is the biggest surprise, and easily his best, most sensitive role in years.

It is no wonder that Silver Linings has earned the rare honour of scoring nominations in all four acting categories at the Academy Awards (along with four other noms including best picture).

At least one of them deserves a gold statuette – now that would be a silver lining.

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Your Reviews

Kate
Kate
From someone whose family has mental illness in it I believe it was a refreshing, honest, truthful interpretation of how mental illness and it's different types and manifestations can affect all of us. It was emotional and thoughtful and thought provoking. It didn't shy away from the hard stuff. It didn't just give us the obligatory happy ending. It showed that life is crap sometimes, but you have to work hard to find your silver lining. I think it was a brilliant movie.
SJ
SJ
Didn't blow me away as I was expecting it to. It's an ok movie. But to give it this much praise and attention shows that not many good movies are getting made any more.
BA
BA
Excellent story and film. Very talented cast and crew. Deserving of all awards.
Debbie
Debbie
This film was a moving portrayal of real people dealing with real issues and overcoming hardships and prejudice in a beautiful way. Anyone who sees this family as typically dysfunctional is not being honest with themselves. Beautifully written and beautifully acted. Definately worthy of an Oscar!!
darren gross
darren gross
This movie clearly puts jennifer lawrence into the category as one of the best young actresses of our generation what a cast and what a movie
GH
GH
I found this movie refreshingly honest about mental illness and how it affects everyone, not just the patient. It was uplifting and a different approach to a romantic comedy. I may have been emotionally exhausted at the end, but was thoroughly satisfied with the results. Brilliant acting, writing and directing.
Les
Les
This movie was not about a dysfunctional family, they were certifiable. I waited 1.45 hours to finally see a happy ending. This type reality is not entertainment.

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