Plot

In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light. With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and a cast of talented young actors, Julia Dyer’s second feature is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the façade of a seemingly perfect American family. (Tribeca Film)

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Movie Reviews:
  • 80
    Village Voice - by Chris Packham
    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. ...read more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Frank Scheck
    A rare example of a grown-up story compellingly told from the perspective of children, The Playroom is a modest gem. ...read more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times - by Sheri Linden
    The drama often feels posed and inert. Even so, it strikes more than a few chords as it digs deeper than period cliché. ...

  • 42
    The A.V. Club - by Noel Murray
    More than anything, The Playroom feels like an excuse to explore this retro house from a child’s point of view—which is perfectly okay, provided no one breaks the spell by talking. ...read more

  • 38
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    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. ...

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    You have your basic family psychodrama, except there’s no real heat either downstairs or up.