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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 10 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Doug Brunell
    90
    This is a serious look at the corrupting influences of fame, money and entertainment, and what it says about us may be even more damning than what it says about its participants.
  2. 75
    Part documentary, part parody, and part something indefinable, the film manages to succeed on its own terms and entertain on just about anyone's.
  3. A bit of a tease itself. The movie keeps threatening to become amateur porn, like a risqué ''Candid Camera'' gone ''Dirty Debutantes,'' but it never quite gets there.
  4. 50
    As a viewer, we intuit that it is more, or less, than it seems: That in some sense, the whole project is a scam.
  5. 50
    Whitney's body of work doesn't suggest a filmmaker so much as an opportunist with a video camera. He makes a very specific sort of reality movie. It's called porn.
  6. 50
    There's no denying the freak-show appeal and you don't see frontal nudity like this on TV, but otherwise it's all as contrived and artificial as "Survivor."
  7. It's a pretty scathing satire of reality TV, including itself, which makes it both what it is, and a critique of what it is.
  8. Reviewed by: Matthew Plouffe
    40
    Think Fear Factor: Soft Porn anchored by a third-act twist that results in confused meta-mayhem.
  9. It isn't entirely clear if Games People Play is a spot-on but longwinded and excessively campy spoof of those TV "reality" game shows... or just a particularly ingenious and sleazy example of the genre.
  10. 99 minutes of excruciating "reality."
  11. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    25
    Flimsy mockumentary.
  12. 20
    A big-screen reality show that flashes plenty of t-- and d--- but little integrity.
  13. Rent a porno instead; it'll be less exploitative. God help us, two more of these things are planned.
  14. Whitney takes having it both ways to new heights -- depths is perhaps more like it. He satirizes reality TV while showing total nudity and at times carrying sex to the verge of soft-core porn. As titillating and energetic as the film is, it is also rather sad because it reveals what aspiring actors will endure for what they apparently regard as an opportunity.
  15. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    20
    This artless, unpolished venture adds a heavy sex-and-skin factor to a poorly defined game show, lurching awkwardly between exploitative voyeurism, maudlin confessions and self-consciously risque titillation.
  16. The film doesn't know what it wants to be -- reality programming pushed to the max or a satire of reality TV? -- but it winds up as an exercise in the rankest sort of cynicism.
  17. 10
    Sets a new nadir in the reality genre's race to the bottom. The price of sacrificing dignity for the amusement of the general public gets lower every day.
  18. 10
    Whitney frames this as the pilot for a reality TV show, but if that doesn't pan out he can pitch it to al Qaeda as a recruiting tool.

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