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Playing with Fire Reviews

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April 15, 2020
Sounding like they started with a title and worked backwards, Playing With Fire is temporarily diverting but lacks real wit, with its topnotch cast always straining to find a joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 11, 2020
John Cena has the charm, but the movie belongs on a streaming service.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 9, 2020
Playing With Fire is a good natured load of old rubbish that the kids mostly laughed along with. If that sounds like a recommendation to you, then have at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 31, 2019
[A]fter a promising start, Playing with Fire loses its way, with the story getting stuck in schmaltz and the life lessons checklist as rigidly enforced as any health and safety directive from helicopter parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 30, 2019
There is an OK movie trapped in here. It needs someone to helicopter in and lift it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 30, 2019
One of those disappointing films where the end-credit out-takes are probably the best bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 30, 2019
This is comfort cinema, undemanding and fully predictable as it veers from fake suspense in action sequences to riotously artificial comedy in extended buffoonery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 29, 2019
It turns out that sluggishly edited shots of big men pushing trolleys and buying plush toys is not, in fact, an adequate replacement for writing some funny lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 27, 2019
Because there's nothing funnier than seeing a man trying to look after a child. Especially a man with muscles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 27, 2019
The cast are so willing to put their egos aside -- like a children's party clown on their last resort -- that it's easy to be won over by all the goodwill on show.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 26, 2019
It lacks a big movie star and bigger laughs, and the script does not have the depth needed to pull off this film. There's one thing for certain. You'll stay in your seat, but you won't be happy with the time you've spent in the theater.
December 26, 2019
The jokes are awful, and there's way too much ensemble mugging, but a heartwarming message almost won me over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 24, 2019
Playing With Fire as a whole is a sweet-natured, charming comedy that definitely has a warm heart, but it's Cena who - metaphorically rather than literally, of course - keeps the fire burning.
December 20, 2019
A simple, silly tale of macho firefighters who learn to stop worrying and love three adorable moppets, it's corny but easily digestible fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2019

There's nothing great about Playing with Fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 19, 2019
Devoid of humour, feeling or effort
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 19, 2019
As they used to say in Mad magazine: yecch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 18, 2019
A fun, light-headed family friendly film where sentimentality and sight gags rule.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 16, 2019
Overall, Playing with Fire is unnecessary family entertainment, which is sure to suffer during the festive season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 12, 2019
Overall, Playing With Fire is relentlessly busy, intermittently loud, and never quite the sunny smile factory its makers assume it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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