Owning Mahowny (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Owning Mahowny (2003)



Critic Consensus: This story of addiction may lack the typical flash and glamour, but Hoffman makes Mahowny compelling.

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Brian Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was astute, decisive and helpful. To his friends, he was a quiet, but humorous man who enjoyed watching sports on television. To his girlfriend, he was shy but engaging. None of them knew the other side of Brian Mahowny--the side that executed the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history, grossing over $10 million in eighteen months to feed his gambling obsession.


John Hurt
as Victor Foss
Maury Chaykin
as Frank Perlin
Sonja Smits
as Dana Selkirk
Ian Tracey
as Detective Ben Lock
Roger Dunn
as Bill Gooden
Jason Blicker
as Dave Quinson
M.J. Kang
as Secretary
Mike 'Nug' Nahrgang
as Parking Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Owning Mahowny

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (34)

Whether or not you think of gambling as a vice, you can bet on Owning Mahowny.

September 12, 2003

Owning Mahowny is an unflashy but fascinating meditation on addiction and greed.

July 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

A motion picture that never ceases to be worthwhile.

July 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A clammy, compulsively watchable almost-comedy.

July 8, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This is a small story, as quiet and unassuming as its main character. And, like Mahowny, it makes few wrong moves and quite a few right ones.

July 5, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Despite its intelligence, it's dreary and uninvolving, more an exercise in style than an act of love.

July 4, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Owning Mahowny

hoffman creates a character who is trapped in a downward spiral of addicition. this is one interesting film that went unheard of. hoffman is criminally underrated and this role is proof of that

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer


Philip Seymour Hoffman is great as the gambling-obsessed Bank Manager. It's really suspenseful and fascinating watching his gambling getting waaay out of control.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Hoffman is perfect.

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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