Returning Mickey Stern Reviews

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Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
May 15, 2003
Those who are looking for something a little old-fashioned will be greatly rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
April 28, 2003
Aptly billed as 'a new old movie' ...proof that sentiment and saccharine need not necessarily go hand in hand.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
April 25, 2003
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.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 9, 2003
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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 7, 2003
A would-be magical romantic comedy whose execution doesn't live up to the cleverness of its central conceit.
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 26, 2003
For all of its complex exposition and brimming biographical detail, it feels more like a cheaply shot film-class project than a real movie.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 25, 2003
High shtick content: Enter these waters at your own risk.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
April 25, 2003
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
April 25, 2003
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
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 24, 2003
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2003
A bland romantic comedy that comes up short on both laughs and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 22, 2003
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 24, 2003
A sweet "new old comedy" that is heavy on nostalgia and light on making waves.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 23, 2009
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 15, 2003
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