• 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

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
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
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
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.