Owning Mahowny
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A seemingly ordinary bank employee develops an obsession that could destroy his life and that of those around him in this drama. Dan Mahowny (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a quiet, unassuming employee of a bank in Toronto; he lives modestly, drives a used car, and is dating one of the bank's tellers, a sweet but mousy girl named Belinda (Minnie Driver). What no one knows is that Dan has a secret life -- Dan is a compulsive gambler, and after running up massive debts with his bookie Frank Perlin (Maury Chaykin), he begins making regular visits to Atlantic City in the United States, where he… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whether or not you think of gambling as a vice, you can bet on Owning Mahowny."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"This is a small story, as quiet and unassuming as its main character. And, like Mahowny, it makes few wrong moves and quite a few right ones."
‑ , Houston Chronicle
"what was fascinating character study becomes banal and unconvincing cautionary tale"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"The flick's absolutely worth seeing for Hoffman's performance alone, but there's also enough Casino / Heist goodness to keep you entertained."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"This is the fascinating thing about the movie, how Mahowny marches off to his doom, totally distracted from his fate by the thrill of gambling."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Owning Mahowny is an unflashy but fascinating meditation on addiction and greed."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Despite its intelligence, it's dreary and uninvolving, more an exercise in style than an act of love."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"...a movie that rejects the pyrotechnics, glamour and spectacle-mongering of mainstream Hollywood yet manages to engage, connect and transfix."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Atmospheric and never flashy, and yet capable of moments of unbearable tension and an almost overpowering sense of paranoia."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Philip Seymour Hoffman is like a stack of pure Inca gold in the world of thespian addicts - a world I dwell happily in..."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"A motion picture that never ceases to be worthwhile."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Works so well both as social satire and outlaw character study."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Watching Hoffman completely give himself over to his addiction is pretty draining. Although the film has a subtext ... it's basically a ride down to the bottom with an addict."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Hoffman, sempre um ator interessante, oferece uma atuao digna dos grandes nomes da 7 Arte, como Brando, De Niro e Sean Penn."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Surprisingly upbeat story based, in part, on the real-life adventures of gambling addict Brian Moloney. While it's interesting, it's seldom affecting."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
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