• PG-13, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Donald Petrie
    In Theaters:
    Feb 20, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 25, 2004
  • 20th Century Fox

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Welcome To Mooseport Reviews

Todd McCarthy
Variety
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March 27, 2009
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's a snooze on every level.

March 4, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Devoid of wit and point.

| Original Score: 1/4

February 26, 2004
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 24, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[Mooseport is] like the pound cake of movies -- nice and safe and sweet, but not really worth recommending.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 23, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Pretty skimpy on fun.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 21, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 20, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Gets old faster than uncovered cheese.

February 20, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A movie marred by a flaccid script, listless pacing, a plethora of cutesy-poo gags and Ray Romano.

February 20, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Donald Petrie's movie is so over-laundered that it has completely sacrificed shape for comfort.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

February 20, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 20, 2004
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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What a boring place Mooseport turns out to be.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

February 20, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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A nice, if not consistently funny, place to visit.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

February 20, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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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

February 20, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Little more than a feature-length screen test for TV icon Ray Romano.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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A comedy so wan and spiritless that even the ringing cell phones in the theater offer more entertainment.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

February 20, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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As directed by Donald Petrie, the movie and its characters are amiable and cute when they need to be offbeat and zonked.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C+

February 20, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Instead of a madcap farce, the movie grinds along into a series of laboured comic bits.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A comfortable movie.

| Original Score: B-

February 20, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A dud of a comedy that wastes a top-notch cast on a ridiculous premise.

| Original Score: D+

February 20, 2004
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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A soothing buddy movie.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 20, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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A tremendous waste of Academy Award-caliber talent.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

February 20, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 20, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A disappointingly limp small-town farce played several shades too broadly by a cast that has done better work elsewhere.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 20, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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If you're looking for inoffensive material that will occasionally draw a chuckle, Welcome to Mooseport is for you.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Hackman could play his role in his sleep, but Romano is asleep.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

February 19, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A most welcome treat.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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An ocean of blown opportunities.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 19, 2004
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 19, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 19, 2004
Ed Bark
Dallas Morning News
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At best it's innocuous.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

February 19, 2004
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Tepid comedy.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

February 19, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 19, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It plays like six subplots in search of a sitcom.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 19, 2004
John Anderson
Newsday
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Mild as milk and, at times, slower than August traffic heading to L.L. Bean. Good cast, though.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 19, 2004
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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The picture is a series of missed opportunities.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 19, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D-

February 19, 2004
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 19, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Unless you're a real Romano fan, take the bypass.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

February 19, 2004
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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A predictable comedy masquerading as the tale of an unlikely political nail-biter.

February 17, 2004
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