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

Mystery, Alaska Reviews

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: C
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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April 5, 2002

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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February 14, 2001

Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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
Robert Philpot
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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January 1, 2000

It triumphs over its own cliches, formula and manipulation to become thoroughly entertaining.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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January 1, 2000

Mystery, Alaska is a raucous come-from-nowhere sports movie that scores big.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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January 1, 2000

Mystery, Alaska has affection and understanding for small-time life.

Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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January 1, 2000

Director Jay Roach has filmed possibly the first hockey match bereft of a single semiaerial shot.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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January 1, 2000

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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January 1, 2000

Conveys some of the thrill and ferocity of ice hockey while skillfully folding together multiple personal dramas.

Robert Koehler
Variety
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January 1, 2000

Mild and underwhelming.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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January 1, 2000

Hockey film leaves you cold.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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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.

Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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January 1, 2000

If you drop the "c" in hockey you get a perfect description of Mystery, Alaska.

| Original Score: 2/4
David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
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January 1, 2000

A hybrid of sports movies and TV sitcoms with little originality and few surprises or memorably rough edges.

Susan Stark
Detroit News
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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
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Roger Ebert
At the Movies
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January 1, 2000

Mystery, Alaska is sweet, pleasant, low-key, inoffensive and unnecessary.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Antonucci
San Jose Mercury News
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January 1, 2000

You laugh often; you sniffle a bit; and you cheer loudly.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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.

Sean Means
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

Raucously funny.

John Hartl
Seattle Times
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January 1, 2000

Crowe gives the kind of thoughtful performance that suggests what Mystery, Alaska could have been if it had stayed in focus.

Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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.

Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
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January 1, 2000

More hockey and less quirky drama might have saved this yawner.

Tom Keogh
Film.com
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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.

John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
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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
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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January 1, 2000

Overpopulated with characters.

Chris Colin
Salon.com
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January 1, 2000

It contains nothing more than weather and a set of one-dimensional cut-outs.


Entertainment Weekly
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October 1, 1999

Full Review | Original Score: C