Playing God (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Playing God1997

Playing God (1997)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Playing God Photos

Movie Info

After performing an operation while on drugs, Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Eugene Sands (David Duchovny) loses his license. He then is hired by criminal Raymond Blossom (Timothy Hutton) as a "gunshot doctor," treating those in the underworld who can't risk a hospital visit. With Claire (Angelina Jolie), Raymond's seductive girlfriend giving him the eye, Sands looks for an exit in hopes of regaining control of his life.

Watch it now


David Duchovny
as Eugene Sands
Timothy Hutton
as Raymond Blossom
Keone Young
as Mr. Hsi
Eric Da Re
as Digiacomo
as Adonis
Max Lazar
as Dimitri
Bob A. Jennings
as Dr. Clifford
Ross Kettle
as Resident Surgeon
Nikki Lee
as Anaesthesiologist
John Roselius
as Surgeon No. 1
Damon White
as Winston
Dan Hildebrand
as Russian Thug
J.P. Jones
as Russian Thug
Jerry Sloan
as Russian Thug
Melvin Jones
as Rasta Doorman
Alex Désert
as Bartender
Jesse Perez
as Crack Dealer
Daniel Rey Silvas
as Basketball Player
Michael Chong
as Chinese Security Guard No. 2
Alexander Folk
as S. African Businessman
Stella Garcia
as S. African Businesswoman
Guy Siner
as Dutch Businessman
Al Ahlf
as FBI Agent
View All

Critic Reviews for Playing God

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (11)

Just when the film starts to lag, Hutton and Duchovny throw in some lines to keep it gruesomely lighthearted.

August 18, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

David Duchovny is absolutely charming in a movie that combines medicine and crime and ultimately wears out its welcome by being too cute and repetitive with its throwaway humor.

March 28, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A medical-underworld thriller that teaches the star of TV's The X-Files something about Z-grade theatrical pics.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4
Top Critic

This may not be a great movie, but for both Duchovny and Hutton, it's a turning point.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The degree to which Playing God simply doesn't work is, quite frankly, astonishing...

February 8, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Jarring and unpleasantly woozy.

April 29, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Playing God


The crime drama Playing God is a noir style film full of mystery and intrigue. The story follows Eugene Sands, a former surgeon that gets drawn into the life of a mob doctor, but soon finds that he's gotten in too deep. David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton, Angelina Jolie, and Peter Stormare form a solid cast and give good performances. Hutton is especially good at delivering the dark comedy, and creates a charismatic and fun villain. However, the directing is weak and hurts the film to a degree. Playing God is a flawed film, but still manages to deliver a compelling and entertaining thriller.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


I enjoyed this film, more than I expected, " Jolie" reprises her acting at the level we first had a glimpse of in "True Woman".

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

Horrible. Jolie aside, horrible.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Playing God Quotes

News & Features