Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Nov 21, 2012
    100
    Silver Linings Playbook is a bracing shaken cocktail of awkward failure and accidental success, with Pat and Tiffany making a refreshing and unlikely couple to root for. We just want them to be abnormal together, share their favorite antidepressants, maybe even dance to Stevie Wonder.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 20, 2012
    100
    When films are good, actors and directors get a lot of the credit that should go to the screenwriters. In the case of Silver Linings Playbook, which is one of the best films of the year, there is a popcorn bowl of glory to go around.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 15, 2012
    100
    Silver Linings Playbook is rich in life's complications. It will make you laugh, but don't expect it to fit in any snug genre pigeonhole. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 15, 2012
    100
    For all its high-flying zaniness the movie has the sting of life, and its humor feels dredged up from the same dark, boggy place from which Samuel Beckett extracted his yuks.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Nov 15, 2012
    100
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 14, 2012
    100
    Family nuttiness, football madness, romantic obsession, and certifiable mental illness coexist happily in Silver Linings Playbook - a crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Oct 18, 2012
    100
    It is, without doubt, a transcendent endeavor, from its exhilaratingly smart screenplay - director David O. Russell's adaptation of the novel by former South Jersey teacher Matthew Quick - to the unexpected and moving turns of its two leads.
  8. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 18, 2012
    100
    An enormously entertaining, crowd-pleasing winner from the director whose comedic edge has never been sharper.
  9. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Nov 23, 2012
    91
    A funny, believable film about the ability of even the damaged and imperfect to earn a little happiness.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 18, 2012
    91
    Incredibly heartfelt to a large degree because of its cast.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 20, 2012
    90
    For a movie that seems at times to have no idea what it's trying to do, 'Silver Linings Playbook' is compulsively watchable. ... Throwing together so many movie tropes and blending them is both a brilliant idea and a scary one, but one that Russell proves well capable of handling.
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Nov 16, 2012
    90
    Great cinema? Hell, I don't know. But one of the most satisfying movies of the holiday season, that much is for sure.
  13. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Sep 18, 2012
    90
    Cheerfully yet poignantly exposing the struggles, anxieties, disorders and obsessions of ordinary people, this is a film as odd as it is charming.
  14. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Sep 18, 2012
    90
    Never one to shy away from unlikely sources of comedy, David O. Russell tackles mental illness, marital failure and the curative powers of football with bracingly sharp and satisfying results in Silver Linings Playbook.
  15. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Nov 20, 2012
    88
    These aren't people whose problems can be solved quickly or easily. They'll need medication, therapy, patience, self-awareness and willingness to compromise to conquer troubles, and Russell makes us root for them as they stumble along.
  16. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Nov 15, 2012
    88
    Thankfully, this fractured fairy tale of mental illness, family drama, ragged romance and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fandom has landed in the superbly capable hands of David O. Russell.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 15, 2012
    88
    Silver Linings Playbook is eager to sting instead of soothe. It's one of the year's best movies because Russell makes you laugh till it hurts.
  18. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 15, 2012
    88
    Cooper gives the performance just the right lunacy and doubt.
  19. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Nov 15, 2012
    88
    This is writer-director David O. Russell's idea of a romantic comedy, and it's terrific - one of the freshest, funniest, most elevating crowd-pleasers of the year.
  20. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 15, 2012
    88
    Cooper's performance is his best yet. As is Lawrence's (the more crucial role, in fact).
  21. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 14, 2012
    88
    We're fully aware of the plot conventions at work here, the wheels and gears churning within the machinery, but with these actors, this velocity and the oblique economy of the dialogue, we realize we don't often see it done this well. Silver Linings Playbook is so good, it could almost be a terrific old classic.
  22. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 13, 2012
    88
    Ultimately, this is an engaging, uplifting, and life-affirming motion picture that reminds viewers that it is possible to do interesting things with a romantic comedy while still sticking to some of the conventions.
  23. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Nov 14, 2012
    83
    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.
  24. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 21, 2012
    80
    The result is an intelligent and well-crafted film that works to inspire audiences by finding the humor amid the prevailing bittersweetness of life, and that celebrates the strength of the human spirit with a dose of unbridled and entirely embraceable optimism.
  25. 80
    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.
  26. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 15, 2012
    80
    Cooper and Lawrence could so easily have stumbled over the logistical bumps and clichés strewn across Russell's defiantly dark script. Instead, they glide right over them, creating an edgy romantic dramedy that suits our anxious times.
  27. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Nov 14, 2012
    78
    Cooper mostly tamps down that Sexiest Man Alive demeanor that follows him from film to film, and Lawrence – a continually startling young talent – counterpoises her Bardot beauty with a blistering snarl. They both play hurt people clawing their way toward wellness, but it's Lawrence who makes you feel the hurt in your heart – and the hope that it'll get better soon.
  28. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 18, 2012
    75
    It's slick stuff, but Lawrence, in her most high-low, sad-comic turn yet, is remarkable.
  29. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 15, 2012
    75
    Jennifer Lawrence's smart, funny and altogether masterful performance as a troubled widow in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook simply blows away the competition in this year's race for the Best Actress Oscar.
  30. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 15, 2012
    75
    Silver Linings is consistently entertaining, with its scrappy, well-drawn characters, offbeat humor and indefatigable positive outlook.
  31. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Nov 15, 2012
    75
    If David O. Russell pulls anything off in Silver Linings Playbook - an almost-comedy about a bipolar high-school teacher who goes off the deep end and isn't sure how to climb back - it's this: He refuses to make mental illness adorable.
  32. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Sep 18, 2012
    75
    Lawrence and Cooper have electric chemistry, and the director pulls off one of the most satisfying romantic Hollywood endings seen in years.
  33. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Nov 18, 2012
    70
    It's a movie you're glad to inhabit for a full two hours, because it never stops surprising you - 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.
  34. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Nov 15, 2012
    70
    The glorious mess that is Pat's family and community is the warmest, funniest aspect of Silver Linings Playbook.
  35. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Sep 18, 2012
    70
    The performances of these actors are reason enough to go. The reason to stay is Lawrence.
  36. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 20, 2012
    63
    It's a slow, repetitive, meandering, mostly overacted little picture - perfectly agreeable but nothing special, and directed with a steamroller by David O. Russell. Go figure.
  37. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Nov 25, 2012
    60
    Likable, watchable and has a nice supporting turn from Robert De Niro; I'm not sure I wouldn't rather watch this again than the macho acting in Russell's boxing drama "The Fighter."
  38. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Nov 19, 2012
    60
    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."
  39. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Nov 13, 2012
    60
    Manic as it might be stylistically, emotionally Silver Linings Playbook maintains too even of a keel. It's a film about the alienated that makes sure to alienate no one, a movie depicting wild mood extremes that never rises or falls above a dull hum of diversion, never exploding into riotous comedy or daring to be devastatingly sad.
  40. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 13, 2012
    60
    Yet 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. Russell's once-mercurial assets have become a formula.
  41. Reviewed by: Rob James
    Oct 27, 2012
    60
    Russell follows "The Fighter" with a softer, soapier family dysfunction drama, lightly comic enough to make for palatable Friday-night viewing. As its nutty lovebirds, Cooper and Lawrence save Playbook from the director's surprisingly mundane impulses.
  42. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Nov 26, 2012
    50
    Pretty much a miscalculation from beginning to end. [26 Nov. 2012, p.87]
  43. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 18, 2012
    50
    As a movie about mental illness, Silver Linings Playbook is more lightweight than lighthearted. But thanks to Lawrence, it does one good thing most movies don't do. It actually gets better as it goes along.
  44. Reviewed by: Mark Keizer
    Nov 14, 2012
    50
    It's not much, but adult audiences starved for mature entertainment should be counted on to investigate this flawed, if admittedly heartfelt, work.
  45. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Nov 10, 2012
    25
    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.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 726 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 181
  1. Nov 17, 2012
    10
    This comfortably sits as my movie of the year thus far. I sat with a wide, satisfied smile when it was over. This won't be a full review because I want it to be fresh experience for everyone. I will say that it shows outstanding casting, writing, and directing. And its use of a certain Led Zeppelin song is so pitch perfect, it gave me goose bumps. Full Review »
  2. Jan 15, 2013
    1
    Was with it for first 2 acts. Completely fell apart and lost it's tone and believability in the third act. So much exposition just to get Deniro's friend to make a bet on them dancing (without ever having seen them dance)? Shoddy writing. Felt like a unique movie for the first 2/3 then a bad TV episode of Happy Days for the last third. Waste of a good start. Full Review »
  3. Dec 22, 2012
    10
    I really enjoyed this film. The comedy never gets in the way of the drama and vice versa. The performances are all solid. There are several actors you don't see in movies too often anymore and it is pleasant to see them again. Full Review »