The Winning Season Synopsis
A boozy busboy (Sam Rockwell) gets a shot at redemption by coaching girls varsity basketball.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Sam Rockwell's films are almost always worth watching be cause of this indie stalwart's taste in offbeat projects -- and his refusal to...
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70

Variety

By Justin Chang
With an invaluable assist from Sam Rockwell, hilarious and wounding as a deadbeat dad who lands a high school coaching gig, it's the rare...
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60

Los Angeles Times

Often lacks momentum, especially in its early stretches. It is, however, a far more solid film than writer-director James C. Strouse's...
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60

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
Writer-director James C. Strouse's The Winning Season respects its misfits (and its audience) by not stripping away their foibles in the...
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50

Boxoffice Magazine

By Mark Keizer
Sitting through The Winning Season you marvel at how it obsessively duplicates all such films that came before but still consistently...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Among the girls, Emma Roberts has solid scenes with Rockwell.
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40

Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
The girls are worth rooting for, but their pursuit is secondary to one sorry-ass dude's redemption. That's a win?
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40

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Gets lost in a fog of indecision and compromise.
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Rated PG-13 | For for some thematic elements, language including some sexual references, alcohol abuse and smoking
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Quirky indie sports flick is surprisingly serious, moving.
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