'Play the Game' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   30 reviews
  • John Anderson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The good news is that the seemingly perennial TV fixture is still funny and sharp and folksy. The bad news is that he lost the bet, or whatever it was that got him into Marc Fienberg's smarmy, lackluster comedy.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Janice Page Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    A film in which comedic maturity is measured in jokes about hemorrhoids, constipation, and erectile dysfunction.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Aaron Hillis Village Voice (Top Critic)
    This Lifetime-ready comedy is hardly provocative -- let alone perceptive, funny, or fresh.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Stay home and find yourself a Golden Girls marathon.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    It's The Andy Griffith Show meets Seinfeld in the sack in Play the Game, which shows Andy is not too old to star in a sex comedy, I guess.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Robert Abele Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    20
    Veering between syrupy sweet and awkwardly dirty, Play the Game is a woefully scoreless exercise.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    Surely, there is a way of expressing the joy of sex without the potty-mouthed dialogue that desecrates the persona of a television and movie icon.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    The comedy's broad perfs, predictable story beats and pro but characterless packaging have a smallscreen feel.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    While Fienberg's direction is no great shakes, the film showcases its veteran cast.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    Play the Game takes an interminable hour to get going. Every scene, every line reading, plays slow. There's no snap to it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ben Kenigsberg Time Out
    40
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sean Means Salt Lake Tribune
    0
    I never contemplated what Andy Griffith's face would look like during orgasm, and I curse this atrocious and shoddy romantic comedy for making Griffith do it and making anyone watch it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jeff Vice Deseret News, Salt Lake City
    50
    Surprisingly sexual in nature, and not just because it seems so concerned with the sex practices of the elderly. There's too much of that sort of material here and not nearly enough of the stuff we really want to see.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jeff Shannon Seattle Times
    38
    There's a good comedy to be made about sex among seniors, but the low-budget indie film Play the Game is not that movie.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Matt Soergel Florida Times-Union
    63
    It isn't great movie-making, but it is a cheeky good time -- even if you've never wondered what Opie's pa would look like after a jolt of Viagra.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    17
    This isn't so much sitcom fare as dinner-theatre material, directed without an ounce of style or panache and played more broadly than an old vaudeville routine.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Diana Saenger ReviewExpress.com
    60
    Although occasionally slow Play the Game receives a boost from its capable cast. It's fun to see an old dog learn new tricks.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tricia Olszewski Washington City Paper
    The scene in which Alzheimer's is played as a dating dealbreaker is as stunningly tasteless as Fienberg's zooming-in on Joe's face when he receives his first blowjob.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sean O'Connell Charlotte Weekly
    25
    Did you ever wonder what face Andy Griffith makes when he's having an intimate moment with a lady friend? Me neither. Yet that's one of many "delights" foisted on us during writer-director Marc Fienberg's feature-length debut comedy.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle
    25
    Play the Game has all kinds of good intentions, but the comedy is too broad and the pacing is clumsy. Take away the dirty parts, and this is the type of thing you can get for free on the Hallmark Channel every day.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Willie Waffle WaffleMovies.com
    50
    There have been many things in this world I never thought I would see, and watching Andy Griffith receive, umm, "oral pleasure" was one of them
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Victoria Alexander FilmsInReview.com
    Smart screenplay, good directing. Except for Griffith, casting is wrong.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru
    88
    Heartwarming, clever and very, very funny. It's a genuinely charming, uplifting and crowd-pleasing gem that must be seen by generations, young and old.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    50
    Griffith improvises an orgasm that seems to last as long as the entire eight-year run of The Andy Griffith Show.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jeffrey Lyles Gazette (MD)
    80
    one of those endearingly cute, funny movies you'll see on cable and wonder why studios don't put their marketing machine behind this kind of film instead of the typical garbage we get passed off on us as summer 'entertainment.'
    Full Review » 5 years ago