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The Player (1992)

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Critic 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.

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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 stranger sending out postcards calling for Mill's death. Having concluded that the mysterious correspondent is screenwriter David Kahane (Vincent D'Onofrio), whose film treatment Mill rejected, the producer arranges a meeting that ends with Mill killing Kahane, resulting in a murder investigation.

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Cast

Tim Robbins
as Griffin Mill
Greta Scacchi
as June Gudmundsdottir
Fred Ward
as Walter Stuckel
Whoopi Goldberg
as Detective Avery
Peter Gallagher
as Larry Levy
Brion James
as Joel Levison
Susan J. Emshwiller
as Detective Broom
Scott Shaw
as Himself (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Player

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (11)

Hilarious and deadly, this may be Altman's most completely realized film since his glory days in the '70s.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
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[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.

April 28, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

April 28, 2008 | Full Review…

A movie about today's Hollywood -- hilarious and heartless in about equal measure, and often at the same time.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

[Altman] sticks it to every target, himself and us included, with a wicked zest that hurts only when you laugh.

June 6, 2001

Audience Reviews for The Player

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, murder or something, some adultery, some lying, but it's way secondary to the taking of this over-an-hour-long Hollywood selfie that has so many cameos that you'll be wondering when a fresh face arrives onscreen if they're integral to the plot or simply another celeb strolling past the camera to wave at you. Behind the scenes, a idea for a film drama portraying "real life" is pitched, meant to have no stars in it at all to detract from focusing on the story. Guess what?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Doesn't start off well, but overall well played.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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½

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 wondering how this will end. Hearing great things about the film, I gave a shot, but at times I felt like it was a bit overrated. The Player is far from a bad film and what we have here is a very good picture that combines effective storytelling with wonderful acting. I enjoyed the film, and felt it was well done, and it definitely kept you on the very edge of your seat despite the lack of truly entrancing storytelling. To me, this is a film that works well enough to make you think hard, and you get sense of that when you watch the film, but at the same time you wonder why the film has gotten so much praise. Tim Robbins is as usual in top form here and he acts quite well and he's a wonder to watch here on-screen. The Player is one of those movies that tend to be overhyped, but once you see it you are left wanting a bit more as well. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the film, but I simply didn't enjoy it as much as what everyone did. This is an engrossing picture, but there is a few times where the film could have been improved upon. Overall, this is well worth seeing, and it's a film that merits recommendations despite its flaws.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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