• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jay Roach
    In Theaters:
    Oct 1, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 9, 2000
  • Buena Vista

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Mystery, Alaska Reviews

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 7, 2011
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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April 27, 2007

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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February 21, 2004

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 5, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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February 14, 2001
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Doesn't quite achieve its goal, but this overgrown little movie does offer solid laughs, engaging performances and a captivating setting.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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Mystery, Alaska is a raucous come-from-nowhere sports movie that scores big.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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Mystery, Alaska has affection and understanding for small-time life.

January 1, 2000
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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Director Jay Roach has filmed possibly the first hockey match bereft of a single semiaerial shot.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Conveys some of the thrill and ferocity of ice hockey while skillfully folding together multiple personal dramas.

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Mild and underwhelming.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Hockey film leaves you cold.

January 1, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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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
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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If you drop the "c" in hockey you get a perfect description of Mystery, Alaska.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
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A hybrid of sports movies and TV sitcoms with little originality and few surprises or memorably rough edges.

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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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?

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's a sort of adult The Mighty Ducks that stretches and strains in the direction of The Last Picture Show, but falls flat on the ice.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
At the Movies
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Mystery, Alaska is sweet, pleasant, low-key, inoffensive and unnecessary.

Full Review Source: At the Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Mike Antonucci
San Jose Mercury News
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You laugh often; you sniffle a bit; and you cheer loudly.

January 1, 2000
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Mystery operates under the basic set-up of the jock flick but fills in the spaces with a loose sense of humor and smart human interest.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
Sean Means
Film.com
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Raucously funny.

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Crowe gives the kind of thoughtful performance that suggests what Mystery, Alaska could have been if it had stayed in focus.

January 1, 2000
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Mystery, Alaska is fun to watch, even if you're not a hockey fan, thanks to an appealing cast and some exciting game scenes.

January 1, 2000
Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
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More hockey and less quirky drama might have saved this yawner.

January 1, 2000
Tom Keogh
Film.com
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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
John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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Overpopulated with characters.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 1, 2000
Chris Colin
Salon.com
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It contains nothing more than weather and a set of one-dimensional cut-outs.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

October 1, 1999
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