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  • 100
    Rolling Stone

    What makes The Player the best and boldest American comedy in years is Altman's wizardry at leavening anger with cathartic wit. He sticks it to every target, himself and us included, with a wicked zest that hurts only when you laugh -- and The Player keeps you laughing constantly. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Remarkable also for the uniform excellence of its cast, and for the pleasure [Altman's] actors take in the wide berth he allows them. [24 Apr 1992] show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Joins company with "Sullivan's Travels" and "Sunset Boulevard" as the quintessential Hollywood peek-a-boos...[and] Tim Robbins' modulated performance rates rhapsodic praise. [10 Apr 1992] show more

  • 100
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    This brilliant satire, styled as a murder mystery, is the best insider's view of Hollywood since "Sunset Boulevard." [15 Dec 1992, p.A16(E)] show more

  • 100
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    What "M.A.S.H." did to service comedies, what "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" did to westerns, what "The Long Goodbye" did to detective pictures, The Player does the to Hollywood success story. [24 April 1992] show more

  • 100
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This is the master at the top of his form, his erratic genius harnessed and everything clicking, everything flowing, a fresh creation from a mature artist. show more

  • 88
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The film should captivate anyone with a taste for bold cinematics, unpredictable storytelling, and pitch-black humor aimed at the worthiest of targets: a self-involved and self-congratulatory, industry that often gives lip service to art while worshipping the bottom line. [10 Apr 1992] show more

  • 100
    Empire

    A modern classic. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    A hilarious and deftly convincing satire. show more

  • 89
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    From its brilliant and sublime opening sequence to its self-reflexive ending, The Player distills everything that's wrong with the American film industry with the precision of someone who's been there. show more

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