A struggling attorney (Paul Giamatti) becomes the guardian of an elderly client.
" 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. "
" A thoughtful and admirably nuanced moral drama. "
" What's just delightful about this wittily observed and touchingly truthful affair is the fact it offers consistently sherbety entertainment in the moment but ultimately holds to its purpose of saying something useful and genuine about real lives. "
" The film is a win-win as a quirky indie comedy and an upbeat sports yarn. "
" Tom McCarthy's third feature proves something incontestable: The writer-director has a way with American characters. "
" It's refreshing to see a lawyer unshackled from the usual cinematic stereotypes. "
" 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. "
" A sports movie in which winning is neither everything nor the only thing. "
" 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. "
" There's no great narrative momentum to Win Win, and that's fine, because it's such an enjoyable little slice of life. "
" [McCarthy's] writing reflects a wariness of human nature but he's not cynical; indeed, the story wraps up with a tenderness that feels true but completely without mush. "
" McCarthy builds his narrative with care and without sentiment and it's impossible to not feel for these characters. Who hasn't taken an easier way out rather than the high road at some time in their lives? "
" 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. "
" Through three films, writer-director (and occasional actor) Tom McCarthy has navigated a tricky line between winsome and melancholy. "
" Win Win is a winner all the way. "
" A comedy that's ultimately more touching than funny and a joy from beginning to end. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" In the end the film stacks up just this side of twee, as the sort of quirky fare that's passably entertaining without ever offering anything real or remarkable. "
" 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. "
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