Original Quote, in Context: “The performances of these actors are reason enough to go. The reason to stay is Lawrence. Just 21 when the movie was shot, Lawrence is that rare young actress who plays, who is, grown-up… She is clearly Pat Jr.’s salvation, just as Jennifer Lawrence is the silver lining is this mostly ordinary playbook.”
Why It’s Weird: Because it sounds like something you say about a movie you don’t like very much. If someone tells you a movie’s performances are “reason enough to go,” the odds are they’re also implying the stuff around the performances is almost reason enough notto go. Sure enough, Corliss’ original review is full of tempered praise: he calls “Silver Linings Playbook” a movie “of modest virtues” and director David O. Russell’s “most timid and conventional feature” before wrapping his piece up by describing it as a “mostly ordinary playbook.” But hey, on the plus side: the performances are great!