Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks.
It's a rom-com that succeeds in revitalizing that discredited genre where so many others have failed, injecting it with the grit and emotion of realist drama rather than with amped-up whimsy or social satire or montages of people walking on the beach.
Silver Linings Playbook tells us that happily-ever-after may depend on finding people who coexist with our lunacy, not ones who can lead us out of it. In any case, it's crazy good.
A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.
An edgy romantic dramedy that suits our anxious times.
This meaningful film keeps the laughs, giddy anxiousness and warm butterflies from the trailer and sustains it all through two full hours of a love story.
Lawrence, in her most high-low, sad-comic turn yet, is remarkable.
It shouldn't work - there's just too much going on. But it does. Spectacularly. Go see it.
Just about everybody in the cast of David O. Russell's strange and disturbing and deeply romantic new film has the chance to act with a capital A.