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: David Denby
    Nov 26, 2012
    50
    Pretty much a miscalculation from beginning to end. [26 Nov. 2012, p.87]
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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."
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 15, 2012
    88
    Cooper gives the performance just the right lunacy and doubt.
  27. 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.
  28. 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).
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 796 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 184
  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 reviewThis 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 getWas 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 severalI 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 »