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Mystery, Alaska

Mystery, Alaska (1999)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 50

The lack of hockey action and authenticity left critics cold.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 17

The lack of hockey action and authenticity left critics cold.



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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 31,914

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Movie Info

In this comic drama about fame, sports, and small-town life, Mystery, Alaska is a small town in one of the least accessible parts of the coldest state in the union. It's a town where everyone knows each other and there isn't much to do. In places like this, small things tend to become very important, and in Mystery, the one thing that keeps everyone sane is hockey. Most of the men of Mystery are obsessive hockey fans, and a local hockey league has sprung up, with pools of neighborhood talent


Drama, Comedy

David E. Kelley, Sean O'Byrne

May 9, 2000

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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (50) | DVD (8)

The Detroit Red Wings' season begins Saturday. Why enrich Disney's coffers for a shameless piece of cinematic junk like Mystery, Alaska when you can see the real thing?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Roach has to deal with some pure corn at the end, but he pulls it off and guides the actors to and through far better moments.

January 1, 2000
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There is no denying Kelley's ability to write a funny one-liner or pen a poignant speech, but this frustrating film has the potential to be much more than it is, especially with the collection of able actors on hand.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Mystery, Alaska is sweet, pleasant, low-key, inoffensive and unnecessary.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Kelley is obviously aware that to make the move from TV to films he must fill his scripts with greater depth and density.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Grown-up Mighty Ducks isn't meant for kids.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

La preuve qu'il est encore possible de produire de belles choses lorsque la passion est au rendez-vous, même si cela signifie parfois travailler avec des matériaux usés...

November 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Panorama

With so many characters and plotlines, it seems that TV king Kelley mistook this big-screen assignment for another network pilot.

January 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

...completely inoffensive -- if you don't mind old ladies and little children saying shockingly rude things. But it's no Slap Shot, if that's what you wanted to know.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

O roteiro cria uma série de subtramas que jamais se tornam relevantes e - o que é pior - mergulham no mais puro clichê.

September 2, 2004
Cinema em Cena

No matter how stale the storyline, these actors breathe fresh emotion into it.

November 13, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

While sports may well be the toy department of life, hanging out there is often what creates and sustains community.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The only thing that saves it from being total trash is the skill of the lead actors, who make the best out of nothing.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

The film plods along as slowly as a funeral procession on Therozine.

January 1, 2000 Full Review
Citadel Broadcasting

At neither a comedy nor a drama does it come close to succeeding.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Virtually all of Kelley's worst tendencies run unchecked in Mystery, Alaska.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

Lacks the creative spark found in Kelley's TV shows.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

...its emotions are so counterfeit that the Treasury Department should be alerted.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The cast...applies itself with such conviction, that one wishes the result had been worth the effort.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Mystery, Alaska

Ever since I saw the previews for it a couple of years ago, I knew I had to see "Mystery, Alaska." One thing that surprised me was that my mom even liked it and she HATES watching any kind of sports. Another thing, I haven't ever been that much of a hockey fan myself. In my whole life, I probably haven't watched enough hockey to account for more than two whole NHL games. I'm an NBA and MLB fan instead. However, I liked "Mystery, Alaska" A LOT!
An amateur, but very skilled hockey team from a small town in Alaska called Mystery, get national attention after a former resident writes an article praising them. Surprisingly, this earns the now not so mysterious team from Mystery, Alaska, a game against THE New York Rangers. Will the Mystery team that is led by the town sheriff (Russell Crowe) and is coached by the town's strict judge (Burt Reynolds), have a chance against professionals who get paid millions of dollars to play the game they love?

Let me make it short, I have never been a hockey fan in my life, but I really enjoyed this movie a lot, and my mom doesn't like any sports, and she even liked it. Even if you're not a hockey fan in the least sense or even a sports fan, give "Mystery, Alaska" a shot. It doesn't have any spectacular special effects or anything fancy, and that's good because it didn't need it. But let me tell you, this movie never gets boring the whole time and it features great acting from everybody, especially Burt Reynolds and Russell Crowe. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. I liked this movie and I don't even like hockey.
September 14, 2009

Super Reviewer

I love ice-hockey in comedy film since Slap Shot and The Mighty Ducks series, but this is a hilarious tale of romance, passion and the ultimate power play.
September 3, 2008
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

It was the usual sports movie. The underdog takes on the top dog.
November 2, 2007

Super Reviewer

very good movie
January 25, 2007
danny d

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