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Based on 8 Reviews
critic reviews (8)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Among the girls, Emma Roberts has solid scenes with Rockwell. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Sam Rockwell's films are almost always worth watching be cause of this indie stalwart's taste in offbeat projects -- and his refusal to play to the audience's sympathy. show more

  • 50
    Mark Keizer Boxoffice Magazine

    Sitting through The Winning Season you marvel at how it obsessively duplicates all such films that came before but still consistently thwarts your impulse to dismiss it out of hand. show more

  • 40
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

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

  • 70
    Justin Chang Variety

    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 inspirational movie with more than just winning or losing on its mind. show more

  • 60
    Melissa Anderson Village Voice

    Writer-director James C. Strouse's The Winning Season respects its misfits (and its audience) by not stripping away their foibles in the service of sports-movie clichés. show more

  • 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 debut, the war-themed family drama "Grace Is Gone." show more

  • 40
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Gets lost in a fog of indecision and compromise. show more

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