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The Winning Season2010

The Winning Season (2010)



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Set in suburban Indiana, the film stars Rockwell as Bill Greaves, an adult misfit recruited by the local high school principal (Corddry) to coach the school's floundering girls' basketball team. Initially retreating from what appears to be a hopeless situation, Bill perseveres and manages to help the team and its captain (Roberts) ratchet up its competitive spirit, while the girls offer Bill a renewed life focus. THE WINNING SEASON also stars Shareeka Epps, Emily Rios and Margo Martindale.-- (C) Lionsgate

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Melissa Graver
as New Rome Forward
Clarke Thorell
as Prairie Hill Coach
Rhonda Keyser
as Uno's Waitress
Sara Chase
as Outback Waitress
Colby Minifie
as Teen Girl
Colleen Broomall
as New Rome Center
Jennifer Regan
as Concerned Mother
Devin Ratray
as Security Officer
Ed Jewett
as Announcer
Marceline Hugot
as Dr. Parsons
E.J. Carroll
as Male Announcer
Caitlin Colford
as Prairie Hill's Center
Lynn Mancinelli
as Cheerleader/Dancer No. 1
Pauline Sherrow
as Cheerleader/Dancer No. 2
Angelina Aucello
as Cheerleader/Dancer No. 3
Robert Keir
as Arcade Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Winning Season

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

In its final lap The Winning Season collapses into a sentimental farce that even Mr. Rockwell, now playing the clown, cannot redeem from cringe-inducing hokum.

September 3, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5

Rockwell does a typically fine job -- he's funny, touching and appalling -- as an alcoholic mess of a former high school basketball coach who's been reduced to washing dishes in a restaurant.

September 3, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

The story deepens through the clownish, heartbreaking exertions of Rockwell's gruff misfit, still working things out at the final buzzer.

September 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A predictable and cliched dramady.

September 2, 2010 | Full Review…

Forget AA; according to the movies, there's no better cure for alcoholism or depression than good ol' precollegiate athletic coaching.

September 1, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Winning Season respects its misfits (and its audience) by not stripping away their foibles in the service of sports-movie clichés.

August 31, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Winning Season


Sam Rockwell and Margo Martindale are excellent but the film is an ordinary impowerment story that's been done a million times. It does have a positive message about being true to who you really are though. Not a bad film but very average.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I didnt expect to like this movie. The start was a little slow, and I wasn't sure how well put together this movie was going to be. Before too long, however, I was all on board! Very dry, quirky, understated humor here, which seems to be Sam Rockwell's forte, and I love that. The girls were fantastic. Just an all round fun Independent film.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

It took a bunch of girls to make him man up. Great Film! This is not a bad film at all, It was shockingly impressive and good. Sam Rockwell was so hilarious and into his role, he's a very talented actor. He seems to be the reason why this film is pretty good. He's basically a drunken asshole, very unlikable, but he completely draws you in so there's a real emotional connection for the dramatic elements. And as he has demonstrated before, his physical comedy antics are perfect making the comedy scenes pretty funny. "The Winning Season" has been done many times before, but here they managed to do it without being cheesy, while providing quality scenes of drama and comedy. If you like the genre, it is certainly worth a look. Highly recommended! In a Hoosier town, boys' basketball is king. Bill is a former athlete and high-school coach who drinks too much, rarely sees his daughter from an old marriage, and busses tables at a local cafe. A friend who's now a principal offers him a job coaching girls; Bill takes it without much spirit. Six come to practice; one has a broken foot. They're awful in their first game, and Bill has to figure out, with help from Donna, the school's burly bus driver, if he actually can coach girls. They respond, and Bill suddenly has a family of sorts, just as his own relationship with his daughter worsens. With a winning season in reach, will Bill blow this chance?

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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