Owning Mahowny Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 12, 2003
Whether or not you think of gambling as a vice, you can bet on Owning Mahowny.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 22, 2003
Owning Mahowny is an unflashy but fascinating meditation on addiction and greed.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 22, 2003
A motion picture that never ceases to be worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Houston Chronicle
July 5, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
July 4, 2003
Despite its intelligence, it's dreary and uninvolving, more an exercise in style than an act of love.
| Original Score: 2/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 3, 2003
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 27, 2003
Works so well both as social satire and outlaw character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 20, 2003
The film doesn't really offer much behind its story.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 20, 2003
Hoffman plays it so close to his chest we can't help but be amused by a hubris that resembles self-hypnosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 19, 2003
Owning Mahowny confirms Philip Seymour Hoffman's reputation as one of the screen's consummate actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
June 13, 2003
Collapses into a public service announcement on gambling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 13, 2003
Effectively shows the way gambling can narrow the lens through which gamblers see the world, creating a view that's absurdly myopic.
| Original Score: B
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 12, 2003
An odd little acting exercise for Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Hurt, two of the best actors of their respective generations.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 6, 2003
As channeled by the extraordinary Hoffman, Dan Mahowny is less a freak than a nerve-deadened Everyman with the courage to search for something that makes him feel alive.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 6, 2003
The filmmakers have taken a bet that an unsexy, unpretty and unconventional movie about bank robbery and gambling can be as captivating as its flashier mainstream counterparts, and they've won.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 5, 2003
Hoffman's soft-spoken, ultra-low-key demeanor is a perfect fit for Mahowny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 30, 2003
Add another movie to the list of those in which Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a pasty, schlubby, mouth-breathing loser in a suit so cheap it shines -- and put it at or near the top.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 16, 2003
A fascinating fact-based portrait of gambling addict Dan Mahowny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 16, 2003
Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance is a masterpiece of discipline and precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 16, 2003
For all the millions its antihero fritters away, the movie is dramatically miserly, with a scope too small for the emotions at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
May 15, 2003
Hoffman rewards us with a subtle performance, never quite opening himself up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 5, 2003
Owning Mahowny is one of the better character studies of the year.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 2, 2003
Has many nice touches.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 2, 2003
This is a case of an actor making the perfect choice for a character and following through to the letter, only to end up with exactly the effect he wanted.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 2, 2003
A showcase for [Hoffman].
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 2, 2003
The movie makes no effort to understand Mahowny's addiction. There is no clear sense of when, where or how the bug bit. He's simply obsessed and out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 1, 2003
Mr. Kwietniowski's mellow and diminutive story of obsession lacks the tall-tale perversity of his previous Love and Death on Long Island.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 1, 2003
Made interesting by the performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2003
The terrific concentration Hoffman brings to the part, his bi-play with Hurt, and the emerging presence of Driver as a woman whose love for a man remains undiminished go a long way to hold attention through a dauntingly elliptical plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 1, 2003
Richard Kwietniowski's deliberately paced film attempts to externalize the very internalized agony of gambling addiction. The results are only partially successful, depending much on your propensity for watching Philip Seymour Hoffman perspire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
May 1, 2003
[Kwietniowski] tracks his lost hero's descent with a cool, precise visual style that's humanized by Hoffman's unerring ability to seem at once dull, decent and out of control.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 30, 2003
Hoffman has cornered the market on playing timid, badly dressed, mouth-breathing sad sacks ... yet it's easy to forget that what gives his loser characters such singular life is their deep-down obsessional fervor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 29, 2003
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
February 20, 2003
A searing story of addictive behavior.