Owning Mahowny


Owning Mahowny (2003)


Critic Consensus: This story of addiction may lack the typical flash and glamour, but Hoffman makes Mahowny compelling.


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Brian Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was astute, decisive and helpful. To his friends, he was a quiet, but humorous man who enjoyed watching sports on television. To his girlfriend, he was shy but engaging. None of them knew the other side of Brian Mahowny--the side that executed the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history, grossing over $10 million in eighteen months to feed his gambling obsession.


Critic Reviews for Owning Mahowny

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (32)

Whether or not you think of gambling as a vice, you can bet on Owning Mahowny.

Sep 12, 2003

Owning Mahowny is an unflashy but fascinating meditation on addiction and greed.

Jul 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

A motion picture that never ceases to be worthwhile.

Jul 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is a small story, as quiet and unassuming as its main character. And, like Mahowny, it makes few wrong moves and quite a few right ones.

Jul 5, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Houston Chronicle
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Despite its intelligence, it's dreary and uninvolving, more an exercise in style than an act of love.

Jul 4, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Works so well both as social satire and outlaw character study.

Jun 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Owning Mahowny

hoffman creates a character who is trapped in a downward spiral of addicition. this is one interesting film that went unheard of. hoffman is criminally underrated and this role is proof of that

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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Philip Seymour Hoffman is great as the gambling-obsessed Bank Manager. It's really suspenseful and fascinating watching his gambling getting waaay out of control.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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Hoffman is perfect.

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

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I'm laughing so hard after reading the following "What do you think?" from The Onion. [font=Courier New][color=red]WARNING! CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK! HUMOR IS HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE, AND WON'T BE FUNNY FOR SOME![/color][/font] [url="http://www.theonion.com/wdyt.php?i=1"]Colorado Football Under Fire[/url] [url="http://www.theonion.com/"]www.theonion.com[/url] Hilarious, yet oh so wrong. And it's even about my alma mater's school scandal. So I'm gonna watch 'The Passion Of The Christ' tomorrow night. I really can't wait, even after reading all these negative reviews. If anything, they're only further increasing my confidence in this film's power. In other news, I'm really craving donuts right now. Damn.

Neum Daddy
Neum Daddy

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