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Win Win Reviews

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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
September 2, 2011
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?
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 28, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 18, 2011
What's just delightful about this wittily observed and touchingly truthful affair is the fact it offers consistently sherbety entertainment in the moment but ultimately holds to its purpose of saying something useful and genuine about real lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 7, 2011
Giamatti excels as the weak-kneed Mike, nicely working his gift for inner conflict and outer bumbling. As his wife, Amy Ryan is a ballast of unflinching moral certitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 7, 2011
In the end the film stacks up just this side of twee, as the sort of quirky fare that's passably entertaining without ever offering anything real or remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
April 4, 2011
[McCarthy's] writing reflects a wariness of human nature but he's not cynical; indeed, the story wraps up with a tenderness that feels true but completely without mush.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 1, 2011
Win Win is a winner all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 1, 2011
Tom McCarthy's third feature proves something incontestable: The writer-director has a way with American characters.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 1, 2011
McCarthy's story and direction don't demand that the audience take sides one way or the other with Mike. He and Giamatti trust us to come to our own conclusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 31, 2011
A comedy that's ultimately more touching than funny and a joy from beginning to end.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 31, 2011
The film is a win-win as a quirky indie comedy and an upbeat sports yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 31, 2011
Giamatti, rooting down to the soul of this stressed-out, struggling man, delivers a marvel of a performance - all the more so because we forget that he is performing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2011
A thoughtful and admirably nuanced moral drama.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 25, 2011
It's refreshing to see a lawyer unshackled from the usual cinematic stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 25, 2011
You have a funny situation, and there's some truth in it and unexpected characters, well-acted, and you may not have a great film but you enjoy watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 24, 2011
Through three films, writer-director (and occasional actor) Tom McCarthy has navigated a tricky line between winsome and melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 24, 2011
In its charming and self-effacing way, "Win Win'' is the most radical movie yet from writer-director Tom McCarthy, and it may be one of the more daring movies to be recently released in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 24, 2011
McCarthy builds his narrative with care and without sentiment and it's impossible to not feel for these characters. Who hasn't taken an easier way out rather than the high road at some time in their lives?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 24, 2011
There's no great narrative momentum to Win Win, and that's fine, because it's such an enjoyable little slice of life.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 24, 2011
A sports movie in which winning is neither everything nor the only thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 18, 2011
Though Win Win seems overplotted, what finally emerges is an emotionally honest, economically real portrait of a guy who thinks he's got things figured out, until more problems arise.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 18, 2011
Giamatti knows how to play characters in conflict not only with the world but with themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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March 18, 2011
All these characters make a beautiful mess together, even if McCarthy spends too much time tidying it up.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 18, 2011
"Win Win" is more comic than McCarthy's other films, intentionally and successfully.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 18, 2011
McCarthy has a rare ability to make familiar situations seem fresh in an era when many so-called indie films have become as predictable and formulaic as their big-budget brethren.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 17, 2011
There are no real surprises, but this is not to say that "Win Win" is rote or formulaic. Quite the opposite.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
March 17, 2011
The principal joy of "Win Win" is how often it fails to meet one's programmed expectations. The effect is oddly exhilarating.
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USA Today
March 17, 2011
There's a strain of the inspirational sports movie here, but it doesn't overwhelm the sharply observed story of credible people trying to connect.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011
Written and directed by Tom McCarthy with an impeccable feel for off-center human comedy at its funniest and most heartfelt, its low-key qualities are so relaxed and unforced every moment feels like a gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 17, 2011
Its unfussy realism makes every funny moment and painful setback seem well-earned and believable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 16, 2011
As Kyle, newcomer Alex Shaffer finds fresh colors in the old delinquent spectrum, and Giamatti, who's at his best, gives nervous scrambling an undertone of tenderness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 16, 2011
No actor does ennobled schnook better than Paul Giamatti.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
March 15, 2011
Win Win is indie with the edges sanded down completely.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 14, 2011
McCarthy's screenwriting is so supple, his characterizations so well-observed and sharply detailed, that none of the little story dovetails... seem at all contrived or forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 14, 2011
The movie is amiable and funny but a little timid.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 10, 2011
This movie wins you over, head and heart, without cheating. It's just about perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 7, 2011
Blessed is the go-for-it movie that can make room for dissonances and weirdness.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2011
There's a lovely somber undercurrent at play here about recognizable people doing their best to carve out a decent life in a punishing economy.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 23, 2011
A disappointing domestic comedy in which all but the audience get what they want.