Win Win
Win Win (2011)

Paul Giamatti headlines writer/director Tom McCarthy's comedy drama centering on a beleaguered attorney and part-time wrestling coach who schemes to keep his practice from going under by acting as the legal caretaker of an elderly… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rich, wonderful characters and strong performances populate Win Win, with writer/director Thomas McCarthy continuing to emerge as a great American humanist.

Leonard Maltin

Win Win isn't a morality play; it's just a really good story. But it does deal with an issue that couldn't be more relevant: Where do we draw the line when it comes to survival if it means clouding our sense of right and wrong?

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press

Aided by a fantastic cast, featuring the hilarious Bobby Canavale and the wonderfully strong Amy Ryan, McCarthy's film is overflowing with humour, warmth and pathos. Broad but perfectly constructed, it's a win-win situation.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

In the end the film stacks up just this side of twee, as the sort of quirky fare that's passably entertaining without ever offering anything real or remarkable.

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Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online

In a still young movie year, Win Win is already on the mat as one of the best.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

What's just delightful about this wittily observed and touchingly truthful affair is the fact it offers consistently sherbety entertainment in the moment but ultimately holds to its purpose of saying something useful and genuine about real lives.

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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine

[McCarthy's] writing reflects a wariness of human nature but he's not cynical; indeed, the story wraps up with a tenderness that feels true but completely without mush.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Tom McCarthy doesn't make great movies, but he makes movies about people I enjoy spending time with.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Quite a glorious little indie from the dependably insightful and naturalistic writer/director Tom McCarthy, who, like with "The Station Agent" and… More
Nicki Marie
Pleasantly surprised. Not a movie I would have ever picked up, but was given a copy, so gave it a go. I really don't like sport themed movies (or sport… More
Alex roy
Paul Giamatti is a superb talent that always manages to shine in his roles. Win Win is yet another one of those films that should be seen due to a great cast… More
paul sandberg
Paul Giamatti stars in this down to earth tale of an everyman pushed into doing something he knows he shouldn't, and then scrambling like heck to stay… More
Jon Johannesson
It's rare to see a film that does so much with so little. Win Win takes a typical lower-middle class family, one misunderstood teenager and a senile old… More
Chris Weber
A down on his luck small time attorney and part time wrestling coach name Mike Flaherty comes up with a scheme to keep his world afloat by becoming the guardian… More