This wonderful and raw movie is nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Bradley Cooper), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (Robert DeNiro) and Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver). It is the Oscar underdog and is up against these movies that I have seen: Argo, Les Misérables and Zero Dark Thirty. Of these I pick Silver Linings Playbook because of, and as evidenced by the nominations, the excellent acting and character development.
I agree with this Netflix reviewers take on the movie: Excellent film in depicting mental illnesses' effect on families and on society in general. There are many wounded characters here, but due to a emotional script and heartfelt committed performances, this film is far from depressing, but is joyful and hopeful.
I loved the movie and, on a scale of ten, give it ★★★★★★★★★.