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  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    A rare example of a grown-up story compellingly told from the perspective of children, The Playroom is a modest gem. show more

  • 30
    Scott Tobias NPR

    Between the loaded conversations and metaphors, and the phony overlay of a children's fairy tale, The Playroom can't stop telegraphing themes and interpreting itself. There's nothing left for the audience to do. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    Lacking much in the way of character depth, the film attempts to fill the gap with melodrama. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The tone of The Playroom is one of soppy moroseness. This imitation “Ice Storm” is as refreshing as a step into a puddle of slush. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The precedent for a movie like this is Ang Lee’s bruised "The Ice Storm," but whereas that film sprung from a novel that burns with indictment, Julia Dyer’s effort — scripted by her late sister, Gretchen — is a more open-ended affair and slightly unsatisfying for it. show more

  • 83
    Film.com

    The kids’ performances are effective and strong, with little touches that bring them to life as recognizable types of smart young people. show more

  • 83
    Film.com

    The kids’ performances are effective and strong, with little touches that bring them to life as recognizable types of smart young people. show more

  • 90
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The Playroom captures the malaise of mid-’70s suburbia with a merciless accuracy not seen since Ang Lee’s 1997 film, “The Ice Storm.” show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    The Playroom jettisons all things cute, but still takes flight by portraying the characters, adult and juvenile, under direct lighting, and asking you if you care about them. show more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times

    The drama often feels posed and inert. Even so, it strikes more than a few chords as it digs deeper than period cliché. show more

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