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Welcome To Mooseport (2004)



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

A bland comedy that squanders a talented cast.



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Movie Info

Hollywood filmmaker Donald Petrie directs the comedy Welcome to Mooseport. Gene Hackman stars as former U.S. President Monroe "The Eagle" Cole. He's retired to the small New England town of Mooseport, ME, in order to write his memoirs and relax. The retirement is put on hold, however, when he's persuaded to run for mayor of the town. Meanwhile, local hardware store owner and plumber Handy Harrison (Ray Romano) is just the sort of plaid-shirted everyman to run against him. Cole seems a sure win



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May 25, 2004


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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
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Devoid of wit and point.

February 26, 2004
Rolling Stone
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Means to satirize the TV-fueled carnivalesque nature of American electoral politics but only demonstrates the TV-fueled debasement of American commercial comedy.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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[Mooseport is] like the pound cake of movies -- nice and safe and sweet, but not really worth recommending.

February 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Pretty skimpy on fun.

February 21, 2004 Full Review Source:
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Gets old faster than uncovered cheese.

February 20, 2004
Washington Post
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For Ray Romano fans only.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

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

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

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...

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

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.

June 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Charming, little comedy that amuses from start to finish.

June 4, 2004

Hollywood kids the Democrats because the love the Democrats.

April 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
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.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Ready for a timely political comedy with Gene Hackman?

April 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
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.

March 25, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

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

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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...

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.

March 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Movieline

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

March 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

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

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

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

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

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

February 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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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.
December 24, 2007

Super Reviewer

It is a pretty good movie. Ray Romano is great, as usual. The concept was neat. A good comedy.
June 3, 2006

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