• PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Michael Prywes
    In Theaters:
    Dec 31, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 28, 2006
  • Metroscape Entertainment


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Returning Mickey Stern Reviews

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Edward Havens

Those who are looking for something a little old-fashioned will be greatly rewarded.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: A-

May 15, 2003
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Aptly billed as 'a new old movie' ...proof that sentiment and saccharine need not necessarily go hand in hand.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: C+

April 28, 2003
John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
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The always-watchable Bologna is the adhesive holding together this slight and gentle romantic comedy, lending it perhaps more conviction and authority than the material warrants.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 25, 2003
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Unlike so many recent movies, 'Returning Mickey Stern' doesn't telegraph how things are going to turn out -- and that's refreshing.

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April 9, 2003
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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A would-be magical romantic comedy whose execution doesn't live up to the cleverness of its central conceit.

May 7, 2003
David Noh
Film Journal International

For all of its complex exposition and brimming biographical detail, it feels more like a cheaply shot film-class project than a real movie.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 26, 2003
Jan Stuart
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High shtick content: Enter these waters at your own risk.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 25, 2003
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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Returning Mickey Stern is a sweet, well-intended picture, but like its title character, it is not quite good enough for the big leagues.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

April 25, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Returning Mickey Stern barely gets off first base, although the quaint Fire Island setting makes it easy on the eye.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

April 25, 2003
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Far from being charming, there's something grotesque about a desperate older man playing matchmaker to a pair of young would-be lovers, then peering at them from behind bushes and pumping each for the intimate details of their trysts.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 24, 2003
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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A bland romantic comedy that comes up short on both laughs and love.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 24, 2003
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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The notion of grievingly happening upon your dead beloved, young and lovely again, is simple and potent, but the film's airless amateurism, belabored ethnicism ('Oy gevalt!'), and trite dialogue kill it in the water.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 22, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
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A sweet "new old comedy" that is heavy on nostalgia and light on making waves.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

March 24, 2003
Robert Koehler
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April 23, 2009
Noel Murray
AV Club
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May 15, 2003
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