The Winning Season Reviews

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Eric Hynes
Time Out
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 2, 2010
A predictable and cliched dramady.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 4, 2013
| Original Score: C
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
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-
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
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
August 30, 2010
A film that feels fresh and insightful in a generally pretty played out genre.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 10, 2010
Quirky indie sports flick is surprisingly serious, moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
February 9, 2011
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