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
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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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