• PG-13, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:    James C. Strouse
  • In Theaters:    Sep 3, 2010 Limited
  • On DVD:    Nov 23, 2010
  • Roadside Attractions

The Winning Season Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
November 26, 2010

Doesn't win points for originality, but the film keeps to a steady rhythm of entertainment, delivering a few laughs and tears along the way on DVD before it settles into its rightful home on basic cable.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 12, 2010

Sam Rockwell's never-ending ability to create intriguing characters proves essential to writer/director James C. Strouse, whose formulaic tale of redemption for a washed up basketball coach would otherwise be instantly forgettable.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 10, 2010

Quirky indie sports flick is surprisingly serious, moving.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
September 10, 2010

I want you to see this movie On Demand to witness the most underrated actor in all of the world, Sam Rockwell. That way, he won't have to make another movie like this ever again.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
September 3, 2010

In its final lap The Winning Season collapses into a sentimental farce that even Mr. Rockwell, now playing the clown, cannot redeem from cringe-inducing hokum.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Otto
cinemaobsession.com
September 3, 2010

"The Winning Season" teeters hither and thither on its tonal seesaw, never quite sure where its going and often forgetful of where it's been.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
September 3, 2010

Rockwell charms us into giving the film the benefit of our many doubts.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
September 3, 2010

Rockwell does a typically fine job -- he's funny, touching and appalling -- as an alcoholic mess of a former high school basketball coach who's been reduced to washing dishes in a restaurant.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
September 2, 2010

The story deepens through the clownish, heartbreaking exertions of Rockwell's gruff misfit, still working things out at the final buzzer.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
September 2, 2010

A shaggy underdog worth seeking out, primarily for [Sam] Rockwell's sensational performance.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
September 2, 2010

A predictable and cliched dramady.

Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
Top Critic
September 1, 2010

Forget AA; according to the movies, there's no better cure for alcoholism or depression than good ol' precollegiate athletic coaching.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2010

A mildly entertaining sports flick about a girl's basketball team and a chauvinistic coach who knows a lot about the game.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
Top Critic
August 31, 2010

The Winning Season respects its misfits (and its audience) by not stripping away their foibles in the service of sports-movie clichés.

Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
August 30, 2010

Aims for both the heatstring-tugging power of sports classics like Hoosiers and the kind of gritty indie drama you might normally see Rockwell in, but falls well short of both.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
August 30, 2010

A film that feels fresh and insightful in a generally pretty played out genre.

Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 30, 2010

Considering its status as merely a puddle of regurgitated elements, The Winning Season is, to be as coarse as its protagonist, the cinematic equivalent of vomit.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
August 30, 2010

A welcome surprise...Rockwell gives a performance that's always funny, never sentimental...this one is worth finding.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 4, 2009

As the film progresses, its identity crisis becomes increasingly evident as standard indie tropes are interrupted by cackhanded attempts at comedy of the broadest type.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
May 9, 2009

Transporting The Bad News Bears into the world of high school girls basketball, The Winning Season is likable and diverting even if it's pretty familiar.

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