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.
R (for language and some sexuality)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for Owning Mahowny

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (32)

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

A motion picture that never ceases to be worthwhile.

Full Review… | July 22, 2003
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 5, 2003
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Despite its intelligence, it's dreary and uninvolving, more an exercise in style than an act of love.

July 4, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 27, 2003
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Owning Mahowny

A great movie on the drawbacks of gambling. Once again, Hoffman is putting together masterpieces away from the view of most of the general public. A shame.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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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