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Owning Mahowny (2003)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 20

This story of addiction may lack the typical flash and glamour, but Hoffman makes Mahowny compelling.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 7

This story of addiction may lack the typical flash and glamour, but Hoffman makes Mahowny compelling.



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A seemingly ordinary bank employee develops an obsession that could destroy his life and that of those around him in this drama. Dan Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a quiet, unassuming employee of a bank in Toronto; he lives modestly, drives a used car, and is dating one of the bank's tellers, a sweet but mousy girl named Belinda (Minnie Driver). What no one knows is that Dan has a secret life -- Dan is a compulsive gambler, and after running up massive debts with his bookie Frank Perlin

Oct 14, 2003


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Whether or not you think of gambling as a vice, you can bet on Owning Mahowny.

September 12, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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Owning Mahowny is an unflashy but fascinating meditation on addiction and greed.

July 22, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A motion picture that never ceases to be worthwhile.

July 22, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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This is a small story, as quiet and unassuming as its main character. And, like Mahowny, it makes few wrong moves and quite a few right ones.

July 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Despite its intelligence, it's dreary and uninvolving, more an exercise in style than an act of love.

July 4, 2003 | Comment (1)
Arizona Republic
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Works so well both as social satire and outlaw character study.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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what was fascinating character study becomes banal and unconvincing cautionary tale

July 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Comment (1)

...a movie that rejects the pyrotechnics, glamour and spectacle-mongering of mainstream Hollywood yet manages to engage, connect and transfix.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Watching Hoffman completely give himself over to his addiction is pretty draining. Although the film has a subtext ... it's basically a ride down to the bottom with an addict.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

The flick's absolutely worth seeing for Hoffman's performance alone, but there's also enough Casino / Heist goodness to keep you entertained.

March 31, 2004 Full Review Source:

Atmospheric and never flashy, and yet capable of moments of unbearable tension and an almost overpowering sense of paranoia.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Hoffman, sempre um ator interessante, oferece uma atuao digna dos grandes nomes da 7 Arte, como Brando, De Niro e Sean Penn.

January 19, 2004
Cinema em Cena

This is the fascinating thing about the movie, how Mahowny marches off to his doom, totally distracted from his fate by the thrill of gambling.

January 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Philip Seymour Hoffman is like a stack of pure Inca gold in the world of thespian addicts - a world I dwell happily in...

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Blunt Review
Blunt Review

Surprisingly upbeat story based, in part, on the real-life adventures of gambling addict Brian Moloney. While it's interesting, it's seldom affecting.

September 26, 2003

You can bet on Philip Seymour Hoffman.

September 16, 2003 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A stark and revealing film that's as moving as it is disquieting.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Hoffman makes it impossible for us not to watch and not to enjoy it all on some subliminal level.

September 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

...this human car wreck methodically spins itself out with agonizing inevitability...that the film is also quite funny is an unexpected bonus.

August 20, 2003
Philadelphia Weekly

This film felt more like a Canadian 'TV Movie of the Week' than anything.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Hoffman gorgeously captures the plight of the hopeless gambling addict.

August 14, 2003
Arizona Daily Star

When Hoffman steps from the shower, the blond spitcurl plastered to his forehead increases his resemblance to a big, pathetic Kewpie doll. He's simultaneously lovable and repulsive.

August 11, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The material [Hoffman is] working with is so spotty, so filled with distractions, that even he can't overcome them all.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[Hoffman's] understated and powerful performance ... is a lucid study in the obsessive force of one man's gambling addiction.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Hoffman owns 'Mahowny.

August 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
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Audience Reviews for Owning Mahowny

Philip Seymour Hoffman is great as the gambling-obsessed Bank Manager. It's really suspenseful and fascinating watching his gambling getting waaay out of control.
July 30, 2007

Super Reviewer

Hoffman is perfect.
June 11, 2006

Super Reviewer

I'm laughing so hard after reading the following "What do you think?" from The Onion.

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Hilarious, yet oh so wrong. And it's even about my alma mater's school scandal.

So I'm gonna watch 'The Passion Of The Christ' tomorrow night. I really can't wait, even after reading all these negative reviews. If anything, they're only further increasing my confidence in this film's power.

In other news, I'm really craving donuts right now. Damn.
February 24, 2004
Mike Neumann

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A great movie on the drawbacks of gambling. Once again, Hoffman is putting together masterpieces away from the view of most of the general public. A shame.
February 7, 2012
John Ballantine

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    1. Victor Foss: We are fitting you for a barrel right now, sir.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (17 months ago)
    1. Dan Mahowny: Double or nothing?
    – Submitted by Jesse K (17 months ago)
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