Win Win

Win Win

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Win Win

Comedy-drama from the director of The Visitor and The Station Agent, about a dodgy, down on his luck attorney (Paul Giamatti) who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach in order to support his family. Also stars Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development).

When the runaway grandson of one of Mike's (Giamatti) elderly clients arrives in town, Flaherty takes him under his wing and discovers the boy has the potential in the wrestling department. Both their lives start to look up, until the boy's mother (Lynskey) shows up, fresh out of rehab, flat broke and threatening to derail everything.

2011Rating: M, contains offensive language106 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A disappointing domestic comedy in which all but the audience get what they want.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Some accomplished turns, and the mood of downbeat quirkiness has its appeal.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It is in no way challenging or provocative, but it is never dull or obvious.

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Win Win has its own unique good-humoured charm.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I'm happy I saw "Win Win." It would have been possible to be happier.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Win Win is hard to pin to the mat but pure pleasure to experience.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This unassuming but quietly winning comedy-drama delivers on the promise of its title.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Funny, agreeable and thoroughly enjoyable, if a little bit too neat and fortuitous in sorting out its entangled strands.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Its unfussy realism makes every funny moment and painful setback seem well-earned and believable.

0

Win Win

An offbeat story and quirky characters make Win Win a delightful comedy that doesn't rely on sappy melodrama for us to care.

4.0
0

Certainly a win win for me

A warm, wonderful comedy drama with a smart written script and emotional intelligent acting. Don't miss it!

5.0
0

A Win For Me

I can't help but feel that the official Flicks review is a bit cynical about this film. While the plot structure may not be completely original, I don't think the films suffers at all from this! It made for a satisfying watch, to see all the events unfold - and what I really liked about this film was the way I was compelled to care about the characters. I...

4.0
0

Super cool movie

Totally dug this film! If you haven't seen you should.

4.0
0

Great! And charming.

I'm not too bothered by Giamatti's morally suspect choices or the characters' choices in general as I figured that was the point. And as far as forecastable set ups and pay offs go, well, those things are fine when there's other stuff going. And in this movie there's plenty: great performances, and an interesting and convincing world. Overall it moves at a...

4.0
0

Smart, warm and really satisfying

This film will be in most top tens of the year. The whole cast are pitch perfect in this moving and very funny film. Just perfect.

5.0
0

quiet film

no real great personal discoveries about themselves by the main characters giamatti has a failing business and starts to bend his moral compass to avoid his problems. but glimpses during the film show that his moral compass was malleable prior to the events that occur in the film and his reactions are just normal small behavioural traits writ large...

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A disappointing domestic comedy in which all but the audience get what they want.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Some accomplished turns, and the mood of downbeat quirkiness has its appeal.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It is in no way challenging or provocative, but it is never dull or obvious.

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Win Win has its own unique good-humoured charm.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I'm happy I saw "Win Win." It would have been possible to be happier.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Win Win is hard to pin to the mat but pure pleasure to experience.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This unassuming but quietly winning comedy-drama delivers on the promise of its title.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Funny, agreeable and thoroughly enjoyable, if a little bit too neat and fortuitous in sorting out its entangled strands.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Its unfussy realism makes every funny moment and painful setback seem well-earned and believable.

0

Win Win

An offbeat story and quirky characters make Win Win a delightful comedy that doesn't rely on sappy melodrama for us to care.

4.0
0

Certainly a win win for me

A warm, wonderful comedy drama with a smart written script and emotional intelligent acting. Don't miss it!

5.0
0

A Win For Me

I can't help but feel that the official Flicks review is a bit cynical about this film. While the plot structure may not be completely original, I don't think the films suffers at all from this! It made for a satisfying watch, to see all the events unfold - and what I really liked about this film was the way I was compelled to care about the characters. I...

4.0
0

Super cool movie

Totally dug this film! If you haven't seen you should.

4.0
0

Great! And charming.

I'm not too bothered by Giamatti's morally suspect choices or the characters' choices in general as I figured that was the point. And as far as forecastable set ups and pay offs go, well, those things are fine when there's other stuff going. And in this movie there's plenty: great performances, and an interesting and convincing world. Overall it moves at...

4.0
0

Smart, warm and really satisfying

This film will be in most top tens of the year. The whole cast are pitch perfect in this moving and very funny film. Just perfect.

5.0
0

quiet film

no real great personal discoveries about themselves by the main characters giamatti has a failing business and starts to bend his moral compass to avoid his problems. but glimpses during the film show that his moral compass was malleable prior to the events that occur in the film and his reactions are just normal small behavioural traits writ large...

2.0
0