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Playing with Fire Reviews

December 30, 2019
There is an OK movie trapped in here. It needs someone to helicopter in and lift it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 29, 2019
It turns out that sluggishly edited shots of big men pushing trolleys and buying plush toys is not, in fact, an adequate replacement for writing some funny lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 27, 2019
The cast are so willing to put their egos aside -- like a children's party clown on their last resort -- that it's easy to be won over by all the goodwill on show.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2019
As they used to say in Mad magazine: yecch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 11, 2019
This might matter if we had been encouraged to care more about the kids' fate, but the script is so bad that you care instead about the actors and their vain efforts to do something with its cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 25, 2019
Playing with Fire makes increasingly strange choices that feel feel like the film itself is mocking the people who the smokejumpers have to save.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
November 16, 2019
While I didn't like Playing with Fire the kids in the audience did. Maybe that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2019
This is a really, really terrible movie.
November 8, 2019
I was actually pleasantly surprised. This is, yes, for very young kids, but everyone has put a lot of care into it.
November 8, 2019
It's big, it's goofy, and it's broad. John Cena cracks me up throughout this movie.
November 8, 2019
Will kids care about this man's career or that he is bad at dating? Nobody will.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 8, 2019
"Playing With Fire" is harmless fodder that doesn't deliver much but doesn't ask much either. It's the kind of fire that puts itself out.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 8, 2019
Haven't firefighters had it hard enough this fall?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 8, 2019
A series of wacky antics with little concern for continuity, logic or pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
November 7, 2019
I would not have thought it possible for one short film to have so many poop jokes and so many opportunities for the leading character to take his shirt off.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 7, 2019
Sadly, the movie never shows similar curiosity about what its young audience, and subjects, might be thinking or feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 7, 2019
Director Andy Fickman favors poop jokes and the cringe-humor of watching little kids court danger with a nail gun, kerosene, an ax and sometimes literally fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 7, 2019
Despite the novel setting, the director Andy Fickman has made a visually flat film. The editing is frequently awkward, clunkily overemphasizing physical gags, and lingering too long on the actors as they try to light up dusty material.
November 7, 2019
The film is bland and predictable, underestimates kids' abilities to understand story and humor, and relies way too much on sight gags that are clichéd and overdone.
November 7, 2019
Cena may be the first bodybuilder-turned-actor who has what Arnold Schwarzenegger had: the ability to project a mocking light soul trapped in a musclehead's body.
November 7, 2019
In the silence following each flat-footed joke, one right after the other, you can hear oxygen molecules bumping into each other.