• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tom McCarthy
    In Theaters:
    Mar 18, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 23, 2011
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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Win Win Reviews

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

WIN WIN makes Tom McCarthy three-for-three. Grabbing the affection from the audience is what he wants, and dear reader, he can't lose.

Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale

August 28, 2013
Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine

McCarthy understands the thrill of incontrovertible victory and our primal lust for it.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 20, 2013
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

A thoughtful study of relationships and family dynamics, Win Win wrestles the competition to the ground.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

June 2, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

McCarthy has found his emotional sweet spot, a gentle and complex story to set it in and the perfect title for it."

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 11, 2013
Jeff Beck

"Win Win" continues McCarthy's streak of bringing realistic characters and realistic situations to life on the screen. He has clearly shown his talent for writing and directing, making him one of those directors to watch out for.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2012
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

There's a real earnestness to the proceedings: if someone had relayed the setup to me via email or over cocktails, I would have bet heavily that we'd be looking at a sappy mess of clichés.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 65/100

January 13, 2012
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

One of the ten best films of 2011.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

December 30, 2011
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Win Win is worth a look look. As indie dramedies go, it's a good one.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

December 29, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Excellent performances of good characters in a story that's not as rich as it apparently believes itself to be.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

December 23, 2011
Matthew Sorrento
Film International

In Tom McCarthy's Win Win sports may seem to be the means for drama. But when considering the importance of wrestling to the characters, the sport shapes character and narrative.

Full Review Source: Film International | Original Score: 10/10

December 11, 2011
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This combination comedy and drama works well, in part because of good performances by everyone.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

December 3, 2011
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Deftly illustrates how life is complicated and it is that rare family film that portrays life's real challenges without glossing over the complexities of relationships.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

November 8, 2011
Leonard Maltin

Win Win isn't a morality play; it's just a really good story. But it does deal with an issue that couldn't be more relevant: Where do we draw the line when it comes to survival if it means clouding our sense of right and wrong?

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

September 2, 2011
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

Is there anyone who can play an "ordinary guy" better than Paul Giamatti?

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: A-

August 18, 2011
Simon Miraudo

Win Win is a warm, wonderful comedy, smartly written, full of great performances (particularly from supporting superstars Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale and Jeffrey Tambor) and bad haircuts (yeah, a lot of the characters have bad haircuts).

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2011
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Beautifully observed, this serio-comic film is the stuff of life and, despite the plot contrivances, very engaging in its quiet way.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 17, 2011
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

This beautifully realised independent film about winning and second chances is one of those gems that easily finds its mark

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 13, 2011
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

A decent feel-good film, but I expected more from McCarthy.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 13, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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The rare, humanist beauty of Win Win is that none of its characters is a caricature, none of its plot twists a blatant play for tears or laughs, none of its appeal based on some mythical lowest common denominator.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

July 28, 2011
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

It's a familiar chain of events that resolves these issues, but where McCarthy veers from the mainstream is in his focus on the small lightbulb moments over the slow-motion slam-dunks that usually mark the reversal in fortunes.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2011
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