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Owning Mahowny Reviews

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Arthur Lazere
April 28, 2003
It's Hoffman's character study that centers the film..., but failing any real interest in the investigative side of the story, it does tend to lag noticeably in midpoint.
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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Jan Stuart
May 1, 2003
Richard Kwietniowski's deliberately paced film attempts to externalize the very internalized agony of gambling addiction. The results are only partially successful, depending much on your propensity for watching Philip Seymour Hoffman perspire.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 1, 2003
Mr. Kwietniowski's mellow and diminutive story of obsession lacks the tall-tale perversity of his previous Love and Death on Long Island.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 2, 2003
The movie makes no effort to understand Mahowny's addiction. There is no clear sense of when, where or how the bug bit. He's simply obsessed and out of control.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 16, 2003
For all the millions its antihero fritters away, the movie is dramatically miserly, with a scope too small for the emotions at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 20, 2003
The film doesn't really offer much behind its story.
| Original Score: C-
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
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.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
June 13, 2003
Collapses into a public service announcement on gambling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 24, 2003
Hoffman, an actor of tremendous range, is stuck here with a script that forces him into a one-dimensional performance.
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
Luke Y. Thompson
Dallas Observer
June 12, 2003
There could have been life in the material, but no one involved save [John] Hurt and [Chris} Collins seems to have taken the time to find it.
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
Mark Athitakis
May 1, 2003
It's clear halfway through Owning Mahowny that nobody with a need so consuming - and suits so ill-fitting - is going to come within 50 miles of redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2003
With its protagonist relegated to the emotional sidelines the film coasts along on brisk efficiency, chronicling heedless self-destruction with a detachment that's positively glacial.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 29, 2003
[Hoffman] paints a wonderfully detailed and completely convincing portrait of a milquetoast with a secret life as a compulsive gambler, but he can't quite create the sparks that bond us to his character over a feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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