Play
Play (2011)

Writer and director Ruben Ostlund explores issues of race and class in contemporary Sweden in this drama inspired by a true story. Anas Abdirahman, Yannick Diakite, Abdiaziz Hilowle, Nana Manu and Kevin Vaz play a group of boys between the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 12, 2011
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

The ambient soundtrack enhances the sense of outsiders' indifference.

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Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine

It concerns how our compulsion to construct and comply with an acceptable public face can make us act against our own instincts and self-interest.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

What a weird film.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Wouldn't it be more effective if there was some range to the way the characters behaved, beyond just conforming to the roles of antagonist and antagonized?

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Eddie Harrison
The List

Play isn't much fun, but it does skewer the way in which modern selfishness creates social division.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

We get what we're given in each frame, and are constantly made to guess what might be happening off-screen, why, and to whom.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Play marks Ístlund's extraordinary growth as a stylist.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

There's something uneasy about the knife-edge Ístlund is working on, and his film is overlong and inadequately focused.

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Henry Barnes
Guardian

The message is laid on slow and thick, but it's no less powerful for it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
The Movie Waffler
Based on a series of real life incidents in Gothenburg, Sweden, Ostlund's film tells the story of how a group of young black kids were allowed to… More