Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Playing for Keeps Misses the Mark

Plus, Hyde Park on Hudson is a little too soapy.

by | December 7, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies brings only one new release: Playing for Keeps, a romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, and Uma Thurman. What do the critics have to say?

Playing for Keeps


Some bad movies are aggressive in their awfulness, while others are simply uninspired or clichéd. Critics say Playing for Keeps falls into the latter category, squandering an attractive cast on a script that offers plenty of jarring tonal shifts but no surprises. Gerard Butler stars as a washed-up soccer pro who decides that coaching his kid’s soccer team will help make up for all the time he’s been out of his son’s life. However, the other players’ moms immediately take a shine to the hunky new coach, and complications ensue. The pundits say Playing for Keeps is slavishly devoted to the romantic comedy playbook without exuding much personality of its own, and at times it’s surprisingly sexist. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Butler’s best-reviewed movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

war CBS All Access Character Guide Lifetime Writers Guild of America Netflix dramedy Watching Series TCA Toys E! TNT Star Trek ESPN President adventure Nickelodeon Valentine's Day Photos Masterpiece harry potter GLAAD Winter TV Reality Competition FXX TruTV Trivia based on movie technology 2016 2015 Horror American Society of Cinematographers Comedy Awards Set visit Drama Countdown The CW Schedule comiccon Marvel OWN docudrama Cosplay Biopics CBS TIFF Spring TV GIFs Sneak Peek Action GoT BBC America boxoffice Infographic Hulu Summer Martial Arts sitcom travel PaleyFest Pirates Music Lionsgate X-Men Fantasy cinemax SDCC Starz Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Central Trailer MSNBC Super Bowl Podcast vampires aliens Extras Nat Geo Rocky Country Showtime Comic Book Adult Swim NYCC DC Comics TCM NBC Certified Fresh Emmys Red Carpet Tumblr Universal USA VICE Kids & Family FX VH1 Thanksgiving 007 BBC A&E Animation thriller APB Food Network Bravo AMC FOX Holidays 2017 Logo WGN Mystery Superheroes ITV Star Wars Video Games science fiction Sci-Fi period drama Opinion TCA 2017 CNN Box Office Rom-Com Exclusive Video crime drama HBO biography SundanceTV Esquire Premiere Dates Musicals Reality cooking Pop Rock Year in Review Disney ABC Family ABC social media Calendar Disney Channel TBS Fox News diversity crime thriller Nominations IFC singing competition MTV Interview Cartoon Network El Rey BET TV Land Best and Worst Teen Amazon Winners Sundance DirecTV Fall TV TV RT History Oscars LGBTQ 24 frames Election sports CMT Syfy Grammys Tomatazos Crackle serial killer First Look History Marathons Polls and Games PBS police drama discovery Ghostbusters Freeform cops politics