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The Player

comedy, drama


Academy Award-honoree Robert Altman directs this Golden Globe-winner for Best Motion Picture about a ruthless Hollywood studio executive who takes drastic measures after receiving death threats from a screenwriter he doesn't even remember rejecting.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    98%
  • Audience Score
    85%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    98%
    reviews counted: 16
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  • Audience

    85%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- David Ansen, Newsweek, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Robert Altman's "The Player" is, to me, the cream of the crop. 1990s films don't get much better. This is a biting Hollywood satire that completely shines when dipping into meta-narrative. The performances are nuanced, fun and effective. The humor is scathing and the dialogue is witty and memorable. The cinematography is typically Altman-eque; the man knew how to move a camera. Also, "The Player" vibrates with characters, always adding that immediacy Altman works best with. "The Player" is nothing but engrossing fun with a wicked black heart.

- stevenecarrier, Monday, April 11, 2011

5 stars

Fantastically intelligent satire on the Hollywood system without ever disappearing up its own arse. The opening shot alone pretty much sums up the irony of the film which extends to the overall thriller narrative. All the stars excel in their cameos and the ones who are acting such as Robbins, Ward and Goldberg really are sensational. The scenes at the police station are unlike those from any other film and the "Hollywood" ending of both the film and the film within a film are hilariously spectacular. Robbins is always likable despite mostly being a little shit, it's the sympathy he brings with the roll that works so well. It's witty, smart and best of all accessible.

- kiriyamakazou, Friday, August 8, 2008

4 stars

A novel approach to behind-the-scenes Hollywood scriptwriting society. It's black comedy with a lot of cool cameo appearances by the contemporary stars of the time. It has some nice commentary on the film industry. I wouldn't call it brilliant however.

- YosemiteSamFan, Monday, July 30, 2007