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Owning Mahowny Reviews

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 1, 2003
Seldom has a film - or an actor - so brilliantly conveyed the destructive and draining power of addiction.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 30, 2003
A fascinating and often spot-on look at the dark world of gambling addiction.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 29, 2003
Strictly a case of textbook gambling addiction and not much else.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 22, 2003
Owning Mahowny is an unflashy but fascinating meditation on addiction and greed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
July 22, 2003
A motion picture that never ceases to be worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
July 16, 2003
We don't really feel the rush Dan gets from gambling, but the subtle comparison between the ruthlessness of casino managers and corporate bankers is certainly tasty.
| Original Score: 6/10
Adam Nayman
July 8, 2003
A clammy, compulsively watchable almost-comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Houston Chronicle
July 5, 2003
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 | Original Score: B
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
July 4, 2003
Despite its intelligence, it's dreary and uninvolving, more an exercise in style than an act of love.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 27, 2003
Works so well both as social satire and outlaw character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Tse
Jam! Movies
June 27, 2003
A splendid little movie that should leave moviegoers on a high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Knight
National Post
June 27, 2003
The film does a good job of portraying '80s excess -- power suits, leather briefcases, fancy cars.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 25, 2003
that very detachment, which helps the viewer view Mahowny's situation objectively, prevents the film from lighting a brighter emotional spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 25, 2003
An admirably controlled exercise...in its chily, discreet way it manages to touch an emotional nerve--due in no small measure to Hoffman's extraordinary performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 25, 2003
I wouldn't bet the bank that everyone's going to be blown away by this movie, but if you ever wanted to understand the power of an addiction, it's worth taking a gamble on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 22, 2003
Because the movie is a portrait of such a buttoned-down personality, viewers may find themselves anxious for more action than the movie provides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 20, 2003
A painfully interior portrait of an obsession.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 20, 2003
The film doesn't really offer much behind its story.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 20, 2003
Hoffman plays it so close to his chest we can't help but be amused by a hubris that resembles self-hypnosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 19, 2003
Owning Mahowny confirms Philip Seymour Hoffman's reputation as one of the screen's consummate actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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