The Playroom
The Playroom (2013)

In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 8, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2013
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

You have your basic family psychodrama, except there's no real heat either downstairs or up.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

The film uses the upper-middle-class setting effectively, even as it resorts to heavy-handed symbolism and melodrama in its dour, mostly unforgiving portrait of parental dysfunction.

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Clayton Davis

Leaving too many questions unanswered, and an ending that's less than satisfying, The Playroom intrigues and latches on to the viewer's conscience enough to stick through the tale.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Standout Olivia Harris and Parker are heart-wrenching as the vitriolic mother and neglected teen daughter.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A detailed, and depressing portrait of grim, forced independence. Lightened only by the sense that if these kids are learning anything, it is how to survive.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Molly Parker is Oscar-worthy in the juicy role of John Hawkes' alcoholic, stylish, sexy/pathetic wife.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Modest in scale, it's the kind of American independent film that brings some honor to that shopworn descriptor.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

This imitation "Ice Storm" is as refreshing as a step into a puddle of slush.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The stuff with the adults is drab and stale, but the kids' scenes are excellent.

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