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  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    James C. Strouse
    In Theaters:
    Sep 3, 2010 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 23, 2010
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The Winning Season Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 1, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A predictable and cliched dramady.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 2, 2010
Tim Grierson
Screen International

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.

Full Review Source: Screen International

May 9, 2009
Katey Rich

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 Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2/5

August 30, 2010
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

August 30, 2010
Jeff Otto

"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 Source: cinemaobsession.com | Original Score: 5/10

September 3, 2010
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 4, 2009
Willie Waffle

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 Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 3, 2010
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: C

February 4, 2013
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 3, 2010
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B-

November 26, 2010
Cole Smithey

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B-

September 12, 2010
Geoff Berkshire

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

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 2, 2010
Joshua Tyler

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

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com

August 30, 2010
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Quirky indie sports flick is surprisingly serious, moving.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

September 10, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

September 1, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 3, 2010
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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The Winning Season respects its misfits (and its audience) by not stripping away their foibles in the service of sports-movie clichés.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 31, 2010
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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The story deepens through the clownish, heartbreaking exertions of Rockwell's gruff misfit, still working things out at the final buzzer.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 2010
Leonard Maltin
February 9, 2011
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