Welcome to Mooseport Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 27, 2009
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 4, 2004
It's a snooze on every level.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 26, 2004
Devoid of wit and point.
| Original Score: 1/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 24, 2004
Means to satirize the TV-fueled carnivalesque nature of American electoral politics but only demonstrates the TV-fueled debasement of American commercial comedy.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 23, 2004
[Mooseport is] like the pound cake of movies -- nice and safe and sweet, but not really worth recommending.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 21, 2004
Pretty skimpy on fun.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 20, 2004
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 20, 2004
Gets old faster than uncovered cheese.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 20, 2004
A movie marred by a flaccid script, listless pacing, a plethora of cutesy-poo gags and Ray Romano.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 20, 2004
Donald Petrie's movie is so over-laundered that it has completely sacrificed shape for comfort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 20, 2004
Welcome to Mooseport is the movie equivalent of a bowl of unadorned oatmeal: It's bland, a bit lumpy and, though it'll tide you over until something better comes along, you won't look back fondly on the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
February 20, 2004
Petrie made Grumpy Old Men, which appealed to the same older audience Welcome to Mooseport apparently is going after ... Both films suffer from a flatness and uneven pacing that make them slow going.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 20, 2004
What a boring place Mooseport turns out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 20, 2004
A nice, if not consistently funny, place to visit.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
February 20, 2004
Too often the filmmakers insult the audience's intelligence with far-fetched plot points, not to mention an offensive stereotyping of Mooseport's residents as moronic local yokels.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 20, 2004
Little more than a feature-length screen test for TV icon Ray Romano.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 20, 2004
A comedy so wan and spiritless that even the ringing cell phones in the theater offer more entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 20, 2004
As directed by Donald Petrie, the movie and its characters are amiable and cute when they need to be offbeat and zonked.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 20, 2004
Instead of a madcap farce, the movie grinds along into a series of laboured comic bits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 20, 2004
A comfortable movie.
| Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 20, 2004
To say that Welcome to Mooseport plays like a lost episode of TV's Northern Exposure does not do justice to that show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 20, 2004
A dud of a comedy that wastes a top-notch cast on a ridiculous premise.
| Original Score: D+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 20, 2004
A soothing buddy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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February 20, 2004
A tremendous waste of Academy Award-caliber talent.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 20, 2004
[Hackman and Romano] work well together here, and Tierney does a heroic job of playing a character who doesn't know how the story will end, when everybody else, in the cast and in the audience, has an excellent idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 20, 2004
A disappointingly limp small-town farce played several shades too broadly by a cast that has done better work elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 20, 2004
If you're looking for inoffensive material that will occasionally draw a chuckle, Welcome to Mooseport is for you.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 19, 2004
Hackman could play his role in his sleep, but Romano is asleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2004
A most welcome treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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February 19, 2004
An ocean of blown opportunities.
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
February 19, 2004
Donald Petrie's film is a terminally mild attempt to revive the populist political comedy as pioneered by Frank Capra in the 1930's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 19, 2004
Welcome to Mooseport can't decide if it wants to be a political farce or a romantic comedy. It's a bit of both, but not enough of either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ed Bark
Dallas Morning News
February 19, 2004
At best it's innocuous.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 19, 2004
Tepid comedy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 19, 2004
There's not a whole lot to like about Welcome to Mooseport, and, considering how lively real politics can be these days, you're likely to get more entertainment from watching two hours of CSPAN.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 19, 2004
It plays like six subplots in search of a sitcom.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 19, 2004
Mild as milk and, at times, slower than August traffic heading to L.L. Bean. Good cast, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
February 19, 2004
The picture is a series of missed opportunities.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 19, 2004
When did feature-length comedies like this one come to settle for indistinguishably 'colorful' characters as a substitute for anything really funny or sharp to say about American daily life?
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
February 19, 2004
Welcome to Mooseport isn't a belly-laugh farce. It's more along the lines of a My Cousin Vinny, where you just enjoy almost everybody who crosses the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 19, 2004
Unless you're a real Romano fan, take the bypass.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
February 17, 2004
A predictable comedy masquerading as the tale of an unlikely political nail-biter.