Born to Win (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

Born to Win1971

Born to Win (1971)




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Born to Win is the grimly ironic title of this jet-black comedy about heroin addicts. George Segal plays Jay Jay, an ex-hairdresser who struggles to support his expensive drug habit. To avoid arrest, Jay Jay turns "narc," informing on his fellow junkies. Eventually Jay Jay's sense of self-hatred threatens to overwhelm him. Also released as Born to Lose and Addict, Born to Win was the first American film for Czech director Ivan Passer.

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Critic Reviews for Born to Win

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Born to Win is a good-bad movie that doesn't always work but has some really brilliant scenes.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite some funny and some touching moments, everything rings hollow.

January 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Uneven cynical drama about the NYC hard-drug scene.

April 2, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The main event is George Segal's whirligig of hipsterisms in the face of accelerating disaster

November 15, 2009 | Full Review…

Segal does some of the comic bits well, but over all it is a fairly hopeless role. Segal hasn't figured out what kind of guy this is, but neither did the script writer.

November 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Born to Win


Why is Robert DeNiro on the cover?? He was in 5 minutes of the whole movie! Overall, I thought this film sucked, but George Segal was good in the role that was given to him and made it semi-worthwhile watching one time.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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DeNiro's hardly in it; the gifts of George Segal are almost the whole movie; a queasy feeling when we never know whether someone is making a bad move or a fatal one

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

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Robert De Niro fans be prepared for disappointment, De Niro's performance throughout the film, probably adds up to around 5 minutes. The star of course was George Segal whol played a pretty interesting character, however the film did have it's fair share of boring parts, although something made me still want to keep watching VERDICT: Certainly not one to watch over and over, but probably worth a watch

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Lady D'arbanville

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