DVD & Blu-ray review: Silver Linings Playbook (15)

David O Russell DVD/ Blu-ray (122mins)

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The Independent Culture

This is as rare as Javan rhinos, an absorbing, beautifully acted romantic comedy featuring recognisable humans: Bradley Cooper's bipolar Pat, who is fixated about getting back together with his cheating wife, Jennifer Lawrence's resentful widow whose cop husband has recently died and Robert De Niro's volatile, OCD gambler who struggles to comprehend his son.

None of these flawed characters outstay their welcome, with De Niro and Lawrence, in particular, delivering exceptional performances. Funny, humane and a lovely pay-off.