The Winning Season
The Winning Season (2010)

Set in suburban Indiana, the film stars Rockwell as Bill Greaves, an adult misfit recruited by the local high school principal (Corddry) to coach the school's floundering girls' basketball team. Initially retreating from what… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Holden
New York Times

In its final lap The Winning Season collapses into a sentimental farce that even Mr. Rockwell, now playing the clown, cannot redeem from cringe-inducing hokum.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

A predictable and cliched dramady.

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Doesn't win points for originality, but the film keeps to a steady rhythm of entertainment, delivering a few laughs and tears along the way on DVD before it settles into its rightful home on basic cable.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Rockwell does a typically fine job -- he's funny, touching and appalling -- as an alcoholic mess of a former high school basketball coach who's been reduced to washing dishes in a restaurant.

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Eric Hynes
Time Out New York

Forget AA; according to the movies, there's no better cure for alcoholism or depression than good ol' precollegiate athletic coaching.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Sam Rockwell's never-ending ability to create intriguing characters proves essential to writer/director James C. Strouse, whose formulaic tale of redemption for a washed up basketball coach would otherwise be instantly forgettable.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

The story deepens through the clownish, heartbreaking exertions of Rockwell's gruff misfit, still working things out at the final buzzer.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

The Winning Season respects its misfits (and its audience) by not stripping away their foibles in the service of sports-movie clichés.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Quirky indie sports flick is surprisingly serious, moving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Sam Rockwell and Margo Martindale are excellent but the film is an ordinary impowerment story that's been done a million times. It does have a positive… More
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Cast: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Margo Martindale, Rob Corddry, Jessica Hecht, Shana Dowdeswell, Shareeka Epps, Meaghan Witri, Emily Rios, Melanie Hinkle… More
Cynthia S.
I didnt expect to like this movie. The start was a little slow, and I wasn't sure how well put together this movie was going to be. Before too long,… More
Melvin White
The Winning Season is a Bad News Bears rip off in every way. A coach who has past experience in the sport but never fulfilled his potential takes over a… More
Manu Gino
It took a bunch of girls to make him man up. Great Film! This is not a bad film at all, It was shockingly impressive and good. Sam Rockwell was so hilarious… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"It took a bunch of girls to make him man up."</i> A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when… More