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Based on 29 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A fascinating fact-based portrait of a gambling addict. show more

  • 63
    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. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    An unflashy but fascinating meditation on addiction and greed. The junkie was clearly Mahowny, but the greed, in a way, was everybody else's: the bankers', their flush clientele's, and the casinos', all busy feeding his habit. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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 bad, because the story being told around his static presence is amazing. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    In the acting department, there's nobody on the current scene with more sheer talent --- or offbeat charisma -- than Philip Seymour Hoffman, in whose bearish body nestles the heart of a lithe and limber artist. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

  • 75
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Kwietniowski turns up the tension so incrementally, we don't realize the scope of Mahowny's moral wreck until it is too late. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    At its best, Mahowny is intricate, engrossing, wryly funny, and strangely poetic. show more

  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    This may be the quietest addict ever to hit movie screens, as well the most disturbing. show more

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