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The Playroom

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Julia Dyer

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About the Movie

The grownups are acting like children and the kids have to grow up fast in THE PLAYROOM, an unnerving family drama that captures the exhilaration and perversity of the freewheeling ‘70s. Oscar-nominee John Hawkes and Molly Parker star as Martin and Donna Cantwell, a flawed suburban couple trying to navigate the sexual revolution, with the help of a neighboring couple and a bottle of scotch. The story unfolds through the eyes of the four Cantwell children, as they search for some stability in the face of their parents’ crumbling marriage. The eldest, Maggie (newcomer Olivia Harris) gathers her younger siblings in their attic hideaway, weaving strange tales of escape and adventure to mask the twisted intrigue developing downstairs. But at sixteen, Maggie is too old for bedtime stories--before the night is over she must confront the truth and make a terrible choice.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 14
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Playroom" captures the malaise of mid-'70s suburbia with a merciless accuracy not seen since Ang Lee's 1997 film, "The Ice Storm." – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Feb 7, 2013

Rotten: The film uses the upper-middle-class setting effectively, even as it resorts to heavy-handed symbolism and melodrama in its dour, mostly unforgiving portrait of parental dysfunction. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Feb 8, 2013

Fresh: Sensitively wrought family drama told from the children's perspective. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 4, 2013

Rotten: 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. – Scott Tobias, NPR, Feb 7, 2013

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Customer Reviews


the trailer gave me nothing about the movie i am not pleased and do not want to watch this

Loved It

I saw this movie at TriBeCa and loved it!

Terrific Film

I saw this film at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it's stayed with me. A great indie drama with award-worthy performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and newcomer Olivia Harris. Definitely worth the rental! Support indie films!!

The Playroom
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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