Win Win

2011

Win Win

Critics Consensus

Rich, wonderful characters and strong performances populate Win Win, with writer/director Thomas McCarthy continuing to emerge as a great American humanist.

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Paul Giamatti headlines writer/director Tom McCarthy's comedy drama centering on a beleaguered attorney and part-time wrestling coach who schemes to keep his practice from going under by acting as the legal caretaker of an elderly client. Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) thinks he has discovered the perfect loophole to keep his practice in business. But his brilliant plan hits an unexpected hitch when his client's troubled grandson shows up looking for a place to stay. With his home life in turmoil and both of his careers in jeopardy, Mike quickly realizes that he'll have to get creative in order to find a way out of his current predicament. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Paul Giamatti
as Mike Flaherty
Amy Ryan
as Jackie Flaherty
Bobby Cannavale
as Terry Delfino
Jeffrey Tambor
as Stephen Vigman
Burt Young
as Leo Poplar
Mike Diliello
as Jimmy Reed
Marcia Haufrecht
as Gina Flaherty
Sharon Wilkins
as Judge Lee
Tim Ransom
as Stuart Thatcher
Jacqueline Brogan
as Woman Jogging
Marceline Hugot
as Woman Jogging #2
Michael Goodwin
as Regional Ref
Earl Baker Jr.
as Staff Member
Joseph Tiboni
as Steve Deluca/Principal
Pam Levine
as Church Soloist
Darren C. Goldstein
as Sheffield Coach
Rudy Lanzillotta II
as Kenny Randall
Christopher Lantz
as Kyle's Regional Opponent
Ryan Arnel
as Carol's Match Opponent #1
Kevin Antero
as Kyle's Match Opponent #1
Chris Sarro
as Zack Lowenstein's Match #4
Dante Porrazzo
as Stemler's Match Masked Opponent #4
Dariusz M. Uczkowski
as Zachary Lowenstein
Chris Federlin
as Thomlinson
Nicholas Lopez
as Anthony Pizzno
Quinn Knauer
as Kurt Vetner
Austin Ward
as Peter Molter
Delon Richards
as Dean Stol
Chris Loew
as Paul Bell, AKA Pill
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Critic Reviews for Win Win

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (42)

  • Win Win isn't a morality play; it's just a really good story. But it does deal with an issue that couldn't be more relevant: Where do we draw the line when it comes to survival if it means clouding our sense of right and wrong?

    Sep 2, 2011
  • The rare, humanist beauty of Win Win is that none of its characters is a caricature, none of its plot twists a blatant play for tears or laughs, none of its appeal based on some mythical lowest common denominator.

    Jul 28, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A deft, warm, serious and often very funny film.

    May 23, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Win Win is slighter, and sappier, than it might have been. Still and all, it's a joy.

    May 20, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • For all its witty observations on the trials of modern manhood, it never strays out of its blinkered suburban comfort zone.

    May 19, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Honest, insightful, warm and witty. A proper delight.

    May 19, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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