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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.