The Outlook Is Mostly Cloudy in 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Looking for David O. Russell

Manic as it might be stylistically, emotionally, Silver Linings Playbook maintains too even of a keel. It's a film about the alienated that makes sure to alienate no one, a movie depicting wild mood extremes that never rises or falls above a dull hum of diversion, never exploding into riotous comedy or daring to be devastatingly sad. Its chaos is always tightly controlled. Russell has made a great movie about American malaise; this isn't it.

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Silver Linings Playbook was written and directed by David O. Russell; and stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles. Rated R. Click here for show times and theaters.

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