Win Win Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • There are no real surprises, but this is not to say that "Win Win" is rote or formulaic. Quite the opposite.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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.

    USA Today

  • 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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Win Win is indie with the edges sanded down completely.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The principal joy of "Win Win" is how often it fails to meet one's programmed expectations. The effect is oddly exhilarating.

    John Anderson — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Through three films, writer-director (and occasional actor) Tom McCarthy has navigated a tricky line between winsome and melancholy.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Tom McCarthy's third feature proves something incontestable: The writer-director has a way with American characters.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The movie is amiable and funny but a little timid.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A sports movie in which winning is neither everything nor the only thing.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • A thoughtful and admirably nuanced moral drama.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film is a win-win as a quirky indie comedy and an upbeat sports yarn.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Win Win is a winner all the way.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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