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75
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.
70
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.
60
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.
60
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."
50
Among the girls, Emma Roberts has solid scenes with Rockwell.
50
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.
40
The girls are worth rooting for, but their pursuit is secondary to one sorry-ass dude's redemption. That's a win?
40
Gets lost in a fog of indecision and compromise.

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