Excerpt: Making The Fighter now seems like the perfect training for helming Silver Linings, another poignant and beautiful portrayal of seeking out redemption in the wake of life’s challenging messes. Once again, Russell puts fascinating, flawed characters on display, which the perfectly cast and uniformly excellent actors build into a close-knit universe to which we have boundless access.
Excerpt: David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, apart from having one of the most pointlessly awkward titles in recent memory, is in effect two separate films[…] Neither of those two films is terrible by any means, but they are so clumsily grafted together that it winds up being the cinematic equivalent of a set of shelves that have been built without the use of a spirit level.
Excerpt: [Life of Pi’s] final revelation by the story’s unreliable narrator, a now adult Pi superbly interpreted by Irrfan Khan, darkens the preceding story considerably, delivering quite another film than what one initially expects.
Excerpt: Loaded with pleasant surprises, a terrific cast and assured handling from screenwriter-director David O. Russell, this adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel combines romantic comedy, dysfunctional family woes and a sense of danger without ever losing its way.
Excerpt: The path of this thing seems obvious, but the film’s romance sneaks up on you: Russell disguises his love story by shooting “Silver Linings Playbook” with the same visceral immediacy he brought to “The Fighter”, cloaking the courtship in the manic energy of mental disorders.
Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Excerpt: It’s a good romantic comedy, good but not great.
Excerpt: You can tell where the romantic comedy part of the movie is going all along — gee, will Pat stop obsessing over his wife and fall for Jennifer Lawrence in Spandex? — but it doesn’t matter, because the movie is funny and smart enough to distract you away from its nonsensical silliness.