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: 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 15, 2012
    88
    Cooper gives the performance just the right lunacy and doubt.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  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: Eric Kohn
    Sep 18, 2012
    91
    Incredibly heartfelt to a large degree because of its cast.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 18, 2012
    100
    An enormously entertaining, crowd-pleasing winner from the director whose comedic edge has never been sharper.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 681 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 172
  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 »