Owning Mahowny (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Owning Mahowny (2003)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: R (for language and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Maurice Chauvet, Gary Stephen Ross, Richard Kwietniowski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2003
Box Office: $0.7M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


John Hurt
as Victor Foss
Maury Chaykin
as Frank Perlin
Sonja Smits
as Dana Selkirk
Ian Tracey
as Detective Ben Lock
Roger Dunn
as Bill Gooden
Jason Blicker
as Dave Quinson
M.J. Kang
as Secretary
Mike 'Nug' Nahrgang
as Parking Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Owning Mahowny

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (34)

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

September 12, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

July 22, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

what was fascinating character study becomes banal and unconvincing cautionary tale

Full Review… | July 3, 2005

...a movie that rejects the pyrotechnics, glamour and spectacle-mongering of mainstream Hollywood yet manages to engage, connect and transfix.

Full Review… | January 29, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Watching Hoffman completely give himself over to his addiction is pretty draining. Although the film has a subtext ... it's basically a ride down to the bottom with an addict.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004

The flick's absolutely worth seeing for Hoffman's performance alone, but there's also enough Casino / Heist goodness to keep you entertained.

Full Review… | March 31, 2004

Audience Reviews for Owning Mahowny


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

Super Reviewer

Hoffman is perfect.

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer


I'm laughing so hard after reading the following "What do you think?" from The Onion.

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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

Super Reviewer

Owning Mahowny Quotes

Victor Foss: We are fitting you for a barrel right now, sir.
– Submitted by Jesse K (3 years ago)
Dan Mahowny: Double or nothing?
– Submitted by Jesse K (3 years ago)

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