'Win Win' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   166 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    As Kyle, newcomer Alex Shaffer finds fresh colors in the old delinquent spectrum, and Giamatti, who's at his best, gives nervous scrambling an undertone of tenderness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    There are no real surprises, but this is not to say that "Win Win" is rote or formulaic. Quite the opposite.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    A deft, warm, serious and often very funny film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steve Rose Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    For all its witty observations on the trials of modern manhood, it never strays out of its blinkered suburban comfort zone.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • USA Today (Top Critic)
    There's a strain of the inspirational sports movie here, but it doesn't overwhelm the sharply observed story of credible people trying to connect.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    In its charming and self-effacing way, "Win Win'' is the most radical movie yet from writer-director Tom McCarthy, and it may be one of the more daring movies to be recently released in America.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Win Win is indie with the edges sanded down completely.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    Though Win Win seems overplotted, what finally emerges is an emotionally honest, economically real portrait of a guy who thinks he's got things figured out, until more problems arise.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Anderson Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The principal joy of "Win Win" is how often it fails to meet one's programmed expectations. The effect is oddly exhilarating.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    Through three films, writer-director (and occasional actor) Tom McCarthy has navigated a tricky line between winsome and melancholy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Tom McCarthy's third feature proves something incontestable: The writer-director has a way with American characters.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    80
    McCarthy's screenwriting is so supple, his characterizations so well-observed and sharply detailed, that none of the little story dovetails... seem at all contrived or forced.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Blessed is the go-for-it movie that can make room for dissonances and weirdness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The movie is amiable and funny but a little timid.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    You have a funny situation, and there's some truth in it and unexpected characters, well-acted, and you may not have a great film but you enjoy watching it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A sports movie in which winning is neither everything nor the only thing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    A thoughtful and admirably nuanced moral drama.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Giamatti, rooting down to the soul of this stressed-out, struggling man, delivers a marvel of a performance - all the more so because we forget that he is performing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    The film is a win-win as a quirky indie comedy and an upbeat sports yarn.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Win Win is a winner all the way.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    90
    McCarthy's story and direction don't demand that the audience take sides one way or the other with Mike. He and Giamatti trust us to come to our own conclusions.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    A disappointing domestic comedy in which all but the audience get what they want.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    McCarthy has a rare ability to make familiar situations seem fresh in an era when many so-called indie films have become as predictable and formulaic as their big-budget brethren.
    Full Review » 4 years ago