The Playroom


Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11

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  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Feb 7, 2013
    The drama often feels posed and inert. Even so, it strikes more than a few chords as it digs deeper than period cliché.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 5, 2013
    The precedent for a movie like this is Ang Lee’s bruised "The Ice Storm," but whereas that film sprung from a novel that burns with indictment, Julia Dyer’s effort — scripted by her late sister, Gretchen — is a more open-ended affair and slightly unsatisfying for it.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 7, 2013
    Although Dyer's sophomore feature clearly intends to capture the magical otherness of a child's p.o.v., nothing in her strangely aloof mise-en-scene or her late sister Gretchen's script yields anything more than a group of well-thesped, believable suburban kids upset by their parents' behavior.
  4. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Feb 4, 2013
    Lacking much in the way of character depth, the film attempts to fill the gap with melodrama.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 6, 2013
    More than anything, The Playroom feels like an excuse to explore this retro house from a child’s point of view—which is perfectly okay, provided no one breaks the spell by talking.

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