The Player
The Player (1992)

Robert Altman's provocative satire of the movie industry stars Tim Robbins as Griffin Mill, an unscrupulous Hollywood studio executive who finds himself threatened not only by up-and-comer Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher) but by the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 10, 1992
DVD Release Date: July 16, 1997
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bitingly cynical without succumbing to bitterness, The Player is one of the all-time great Hollywood satires -- and an ensemble-driven highlight of the Altman oeuvre.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[It's] supposed to be scathing, but the pleasure it affords is like what you get from watching the Oscars: celebrity spotting and in-jokes.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Altman's most subversive message here is not that it's possible to get away with murder in Hollywood, but that the most grievous sin, in Hollywood terms anyway, is to make a film that flops.

Cole Smithey

"The Player" was an instant classic when it was released, and it stands up to close scrutiny. This is one fun movie.

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Variety Staff

Mercilessly satiric yet good-natured, this enormously entertaining slam dunk quite possibly is the most resonant Hollywood saga since the days of Sunset Blvd. and The Bad and the Beautiful.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

[Altman] sticks it to every target, himself and us included, with a wicked zest that hurts only when you laugh.

Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The Player has enough truly hilarious bits and inspired sequences-that baroque opening-sequence shot is a masterpiece in itself-to make it well worth your time, its very silly story is ultimately a fairly paltry piece of social commentary.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A movie about today's Hollywood -- hilarious and heartless in about equal measure, and often at the same time.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Altman loves practical jokes, and The Player is his craftiest prank, his jolly last laugh.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Altman lets us vacation in Hollywood for a bit but not too long to feel smothered

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Doesn't start off well, but overall well played.
Graham Jones
A masterpiece only overshadowed by his next film (Short Cuts), Altman's Hollywood satire is a hilarious and disturbing look at Hollywood.
Alex roy
Brilliantly constructed comedy drama, The Player is a richly detailed effort, one that has a well layered story that keeps you involved because you are left… More
Mike S
Kind of like a 2-hour episode of HBO's <i>Entourage</i>, only with less sex and more seriously-toned drama. The writing and directing is really… More
Chris Weber
Written by Michael Tolkin (based on his novel of the same name), this is Robert Altman's middle finger to Hollywood and its ethics (or lack thereof) about… More
Dan Schultz
A beautiful slice of satire that only a true auteur like Robert Altman could craft so well, dealing with a Hollywood exec (Tim Robbins), who deals with stars on… More