Owen Gleiberman
May 16, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Owning Mahowny

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
107 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/02/03
performer
Minnie Driver, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maury Chakin, John Hurt, Sonja Smits
director
Richard Kwietniowski
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Maurice Chauvet, Richard Kwietniowski
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Philip Seymour Hoffman, at his obsessive best, plays a fubsy assistant bank manager in gray-skied Toronto who is also a closet gambler. He keeps deepening the hole he’s in, yet that’s the trigger for his high. Set in the ’80s, the movie is based on a true story, and director Richard Kwietniowski stages it as a real-life fairy tale riddled with pinpricks of dread.

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