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Owning Mahowny Reviews

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Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
July 3, 2005
what was fascinating character study becomes banal and unconvincing cautionary tale
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...a movie that rejects the pyrotechnics, glamour and spectacle-mongering of mainstream Hollywood yet manages to engage, connect and transfix.
| Original Score: A-
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 30, 2004
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.
Scott Weinberg
March 31, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 16, 2004
Atmospheric and never flashy, and yet capable of moments of unbearable tension and an almost overpowering sense of paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
January 19, 2004
Hoffman, sempre um ator interessante, oferece uma atuao digna dos grandes nomes da 7 Arte, como Brando, De Niro e Sean Penn.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 17, 2004
This is the fascinating thing about the movie, how Mahowny marches off to his doom, totally distracted from his fate by the thrill of gambling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
October 1, 2003
Philip Seymour Hoffman is like a stack of pure Inca gold in the world of thespian addicts - a world I dwell happily in...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 26, 2003
Surprisingly upbeat story based, in part, on the real-life adventures of gambling addict Brian Moloney. While it's interesting, it's seldom affecting.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 16, 2003
You can bet on Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 12, 2003
Whether or not you think of gambling as a vice, you can bet on Owning Mahowny.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
A stark and revealing film that's as moving as it is disquieting.
| Original Score: 4/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
September 5, 2003
Hoffman makes it impossible for us not to watch and not to enjoy it all on some subliminal level.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 20, 2003
...this human car wreck methodically spins itself out with agonizing inevitability...that the film is also quite funny is an unexpected bonus.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
August 15, 2003
This film felt more like a Canadian 'TV Movie of the Week' than anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 14, 2003
Hoffman gorgeously captures the plight of the hopeless gambling addict.
| Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 11, 2003
When Hoffman steps from the shower, the blond spitcurl plastered to his forehead increases his resemblance to a big, pathetic Kewpie doll. He's simultaneously lovable and repulsive.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 8, 2003
The material [Hoffman is] working with is so spotty, so filled with distractions, that even he can't overcome them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 8, 2003
[Hoffman's] understated and powerful performance ... is a lucid study in the obsessive force of one man's gambling addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
August 5, 2003
Hoffman owns "'Mahowny."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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