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.

Rob Thomas
Madison Movie

In "The Player," Altman creates a scathing satire of Hollywood - and then lets his satire itself gets seduced by Hollywood schmaltz. Because what better way to show how seductive it is?

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Variety Staff
Variety

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.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Altman knew Hollywood, but The Player casts a much wider net by allowing the movie industry to stand in for the shark-eat-shark nature of modern business in general

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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

One of the great motion pictures of the 1990s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Robert Altman uses his street cred to phone in a few favors, namely "will you be in my next film? You get to play yourself." There's a plot here,… 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
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