Playing With Fire

critic Reviews

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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    As they used to say in Mad magazine: yecch.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    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.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I was actually pleasantly surprised. This is, yes, for very young kids, but everyone has put a lot of care into it.
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    Sarah HagiGlobe and Mail
    Will kids care about this man's career or that he is bad at dating? Nobody will.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "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.
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    Katie WalshLos Angeles Times
    Haven't firefighters had it hard enough this fall?
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    Shawn EdwardsFox 4 Kansas City
    John Cena has the charm, but the movie belongs on a streaming service.
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    Graeme TuckettStuff.co.nz
    Playing With Fire is a good natured load of old rubbish that the kids mostly laughed along with. If that sounds like a recommendation to you, then have at it.
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    Harry GuerinRTÉ (Ireland)
    [A]fter a promising start, Playing with Fire loses its way, with the story getting stuck in schmaltz and the life lessons checklist as rigidly enforced as any health and safety directive from helicopter parents.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    There is an OK movie trapped in here. It needs someone to helicopter in and lift it out.
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