Owning Mahowny Synopsis
A casino manager preys on a compulsive gambler (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
In the acting department, there's nobody on the current scene with more sheer talent --- or offbeat charisma -- than Philip Seymour...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There have been many good movies about gambling, but never one that so single-mindedly shows the gambler at his task.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Hoffman plays Dan Mahowny's addiction to instant money as something dirty and private and, at the same time, soul-quickening.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Unusual, as such movies go, in its disregard for busy theatricality.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
An unflashy but fascinating meditation on addiction and greed. The junkie was clearly Mahowny, but the greed, in a way, was everybody...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Kwietniowski turns up the tension so incrementally, we don't realize the scope of Mahowny's moral wreck until it is too late.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A fascinating fact-based portrait of a gambling addict.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Hoffman is a fine actor in a rut, working on a string of socially alienated characters who are variations on the same theme. That's too...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
There are some effectively suspenseful moments in the movie, particularly during the gambling sequences, but one longs for more context and...
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Hoffman confessed he was drawn to the role because ''this was a guy who didn't know how to feel, and I found that fascinating.'' His...
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