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Owning Mahowny

Rated R for language and some sexuality.

R In Theaters 05/2/2003 , 104min.
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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Whatever minor entertainment there is to be gleaned from Mahowny -- set in the early 1980's, mostly in Toronto -- comes in bits and pieces. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Kwietniowski has managed to create a surprisingly engrossing and suspenseful narrative without resorting to cosmetics, melodrama or hype. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
There are some effectively suspenseful moments in the movie, particularly during the gambling sequences, but one longs for more context and probing into the psyche of an ordinary man with an extraordinary compulsion. Full Review
David Rooney
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Hurt give compelling performances... But the coldly unrewarding drama is as distant and joyless as its protagonist, representing a disappointment for director Richard Kwietniowski. Full Review
Keith Phipps
The Onion (A.V. Club)
Another actor might not have been able to carry the film, given such a creepily monomaniacal character, but Hoffman lets the humanity soak through, registering split seconds of panic when he's on the verge of getting caught, then just as quickly creating and working a new plan. Full Review

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