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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
The story deepens through the clownish, heartbreaking exertions of Rockwell's gruff misfit, still working things out at the final buzzer.
| Original Score: 3/5
A predictable and cliched dramady.
Forget AA; according to the movies, there's no better cure for alcoholism or depression than good ol' precollegiate athletic coaching.
| Original Score: 2/5
The Winning Season respects its misfits (and its audience) by not stripping away their foibles in the service of sports-movie clichés.