Mystery, Alaska Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
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Globe and Mail
April 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
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
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Robert Philpot
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 1, 2000
It triumphs over its own cliches, formula and manipulation to become thoroughly entertaining.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Mystery, Alaska is a raucous come-from-nowhere sports movie that scores big.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Mystery, Alaska has affection and understanding for small-time life.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Director Jay Roach has filmed possibly the first hockey match bereft of a single semiaerial shot.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Conveys some of the thrill and ferocity of ice hockey while skillfully folding together multiple personal dramas.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 1, 2000
Mild and underwhelming.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Hockey film leaves you cold.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Kelley is obviously aware that to make the move from TV to films he must fill his scripts with greater depth and density.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
If you drop the "c" in hockey you get a perfect description of Mystery, Alaska.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
A hybrid of sports movies and TV sitcoms with little originality and few surprises or memorably rough edges.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
Mystery, Alaska is sweet, pleasant, low-key, inoffensive and unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Antonucci
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
You laugh often; you sniffle a bit; and you cheer loudly.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
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.
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Raucously funny.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Crowe gives the kind of thoughtful performance that suggests what Mystery, Alaska could have been if it had stayed in focus.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Mystery, Alaska is fun to watch, even if you're not a hockey fan, thanks to an appealing cast and some exciting game scenes.
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
More hockey and less quirky drama might have saved this yawner.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
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.
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Overpopulated with characters.
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Chris Colin
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
It contains nothing more than weather and a set of one-dimensional cut-outs.
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Entertainment Weekly
October 1, 1999
Full Review | Original Score: C