Playing for Keeps
Playing for Keeps (2012)

Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid star in Playing for Keeps, a romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (Butler) who returns home to put his life back together.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 7, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
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Critic Score: 3% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Witless, unfocused, and arguably misogynistic, Playing for Keeps is a dispiriting, lowest-common-denominator Hollywood rom-com.

Anna Smith
Time Out

Everyone involved deserves a script with more wit, originality and sense of purpose.

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Richard Roeper

Smarmy. Dopey. Sloppy. Lazy. Creepy. Tone-deaf. Predictable. Embarrassing. Lousy.

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Debashine Thangevelo
Independent Online (South Africa)

Sadly, a smattering of heart-warming moments fails to redeem what is ultimately a disastrous offside shot at a rom-com.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Dennis Quaid hammers away at a nothing role as Thurman's husband, an adulterous alpha dog; it's nearly identical to the one he played earlier this year in What to Expect When You're Expecting, but who's counting?

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

I'll long be haunted by Dennis Quaid's manic performance as a palm-greasing dad who seems to be under the influence of bath salts ...

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Someone maybe should've told this guy if you want to rekindle a romance with a woman, you probably shouldn't start by sleeping with all her friends.

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

These are actors due a break. Unfortunately, this comedy-drama about a kids' soccer coach boinking a bunch of desperate housewives doesn't appear to be it.

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Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly

Playing for Keeps takes place in a tonally incoherent universe, constantly shifting between rom-com farce and mawkish family drama.

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James Luxford
The National (UAE)

a celluloid own goal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Oh my...such low ratings. This was very sweet, and romantic. Typical chick flick stuff. (totally unrelated side note--Gerard Butler is unbelievably hot in… More
Manu Gino
What do you really want? Great family movie! An honest movie, well acted, well written and well directed. Somehow refreshing to see a comedy that could it go… More
jay nixon
Adequate but all over the place. The ending is sappy and it wastes several fine actresses in nothing parts.
Everett Johnson
Here is another example that a great cast, doesn't make a great movie. Gerard Butler stars as an ex soccer player who returns home to be closer to his son… More
There are some big actors in this movie and that is one of the main reasons I wanted to watch the movie. But even they couldn't save the film. It's… More
Aaron Neuwirth
I honestly don't have a whole lot to say about this film, because it is terrible, but harmless. If Gerard Butler wants to keep settling for these kinds of… More