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Welcome To Mooseport (2004)


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 144
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 125

Critics Consensus: A bland comedy that squanders a talented cast.

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 35

Critics Consensus: A bland comedy that squanders a talented cast.


Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 20,076



Movie Info

Welcome to Mooseport. The sleepy Maine community has all the accoutrements of idyllic small town life: a little park and gazebo, quaint architecture, a moose that wanders through the streets, and lots of friendly townsfolk, including the proprietor of the local hardware store, Handy Harrison and his veterinarian girlfriend Sally. Mooseport also just happens to be the vacation home for the leader of the free world: Monroe "Eagle" Cole, the President of the United States. Following two successful … More

PG-13 (for some brief sexual comments and nudity)
Directed By:
Written By:
Tom Schulman
In Theaters:
May 25, 2004
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Welcome To Mooseport

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (125) | DVD (22)

It's a snooze on every level.

March 4, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

Devoid of wit and point.

February 26, 2004
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Means to satirize the TV-fueled carnivalesque nature of American electoral politics but only demonstrates the TV-fueled debasement of American commercial comedy.

Full Review… | February 24, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

[Mooseport is] like the pound cake of movies -- nice and safe and sweet, but not really worth recommending.

Full Review… | February 23, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Pretty skimpy on fun.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Top Critic

Gets old faster than uncovered cheese.

February 20, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

For Ray Romano fans only.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Comes off less like a feature film than a failed sitcom pilot.

Full Review… | December 28, 2008

Welcome--now get out.

August 5, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Whose story is this? Nobody's. We don't know whom we're meant to root for...

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

This lackluster production fails to generate much in the way of tension and less in the way of merriment.

January 9, 2007
Bean Soup Times

The movie never takes its material far enough, it's never daring, it's never edgy, it's never satiric. It's just, well, it's just TV.

Full Review… | June 10, 2004
Movie Metropolis

Charming, little comedy that amuses from start to finish.

June 4, 2004

Hollywood kids the Democrats because the love the Democrats.

Full Review… | April 17, 2004
Film Snobs

The script is so weak, so illogical, so bereft of actual humour that it takes the considerable charm of the cast merely to prop it up.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004

Ready for a timely political comedy with Gene Hackman?

Full Review… | April 8, 2004
Entertainment Spectrum

This comedy about politics in a small community must have looked good on paper, with Gene Hackman and Ray Romano on board, but it just fizzles.

Full Review… | March 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Clunkily earthbound as its characters and the situations plod forward while never getting anywhere.

Full Review… | March 16, 2004
Austin Chronicle

Lord knows we need to laugh about politics, but when it comes to salving our Oval Office wounds, Welcome to Mooseport is like taking a baby aspirin for pneumonia...

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Not even accidentally amusing, is dumber than a Lyndon Larouche campaign, and features a love story that can only be described as icky. Make that two love stories, and they're both icky.

Full Review… | March 8, 2004

The comedy quotient, waning from the start, becomes nonexistent whenever it's placed in Romano's clumsy mitts.

Full Review… | March 3, 2004
Creative Loafing

a political satire that wants to be little more than a warm'n'fuzzy comedy

Full Review… | March 1, 2004
Q Network Film Desk

Prima facie evidence of Hollywood's virtual January-February non-compete clause... and proof that sustained effort does not a desirable final product make.

Full Review… | March 1, 2004
Entertainment Today

...deserves a swift, kick-in-the-pants goodbye.

Full Review… | February 27, 2004

I didn't dislike Welcome to Mooseport; I just didn't like it enough.

Full Review… | February 26, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Welcome To Mooseport

This movie has a great and seemingly original premise, but I think that was all Gene Hackman found out about it before signing on... Ray Romano is his usual boring self, but Hackman is complemented by unsung TV vets Maura Tierney and a surprisingly good Fred Savage, as well as the usual Marcia Gay Harden. The script was okay, the plot was fine, but the filming was so formulaic that this one is really a chore to sit all the way through.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

It is a pretty good movie. Ray Romano is great, as usual. The concept was neat. A good comedy.

Andrew Fillmore

Super Reviewer

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