The Player
The Player (1992)

Robert Altman takes a scalpel to Hollywood ethics in the 1990s (or the lack thereof) in his acidic satire The Player, adapted from Michael Tolkin's novel. (Tolkin also wrote the screenplay.) The film concerns a sleek and smooth… More

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

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

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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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Amusing black comedy on Tinseltown.

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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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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

The Player can be admired even more now than it was at the time, because it so succinctly diagnosed the sickness that still causes Hollywood to churn out too much soulless "product."

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
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
Graham Jones
A masterpiece only overshadowed by his next film (Short Cuts), Altman's Hollywood satire is a hilarious and disturbing look at Hollywood.
Steven Carrier
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… More