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33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 36
  2. Negative: 16 out of 36

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  1. Romano just doesn't have the stuff to bring off a role that requires a Jimmy Stewart or Tom Hanks. He's supposed to be overshadowed by his nemesis, of course, but Hackman chews him up and spits him out so effectively that the movie is glaringly lopsided.
  2. 50
    Romano is no match for his heavy-hitting supporting cast: Next to the seasoned likes of Harden or Rip Torn, who's hilarious as Cole's campaign manager, Romano's presence barely registers. Aside from the charming Tierney, there are no surprises in Mooseport.
  3. Harden and Tierney waste performances of moderate complexity, Baranski adds her usual brand of silky sarcasm and Rip Torn provides a welcome presence as Cole's jolly campaign manager.
  4. A toothless political satire set in a Maine coastal village. It plays like six subplots in search of a sitcom.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    David Mamet handled such small-town whimsy better in 2000's "State and Main." Hackman could play his role in his sleep, but Romano IS asleep. Result: Welcome to Mildport, and that's being kind.
  6. Determinedly genial and relentlessly bland.
  7. It neither mocks nor satirizes, it doesn't touch any social issues, and though it is about an election, there are no losers. For all those reasons, there aren't many laughs, either. Political comedy plays against tension, and there just isn't any.
  8. Instead of a madcap farce, the movie grinds along into a series of laboured comic bits.
  9. 50
    Screenwriter Tom Schulman, who won an Oscar for "Dead Poets Society," gives us a narrative reminiscent of a pup chasing its tail, as characters struggle to catch up with inexplicably chopping and changing motives.
  10. But the jury is still out on Romano's future in movies. Hackman blows him off the screen.
  11. Compounding the sense of predictability and deja vu is the presence of well-known TV actors portraying the sorts of characters they've perfected on the small screen.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Lacks the antic energy and inspired imagination that might have put this over as a sharp-witted community comedy in the Preston Sturges vein.
  13. 40
    This thoroughly unhip, unfunny political comedy is the kind of movie TV actors like Ray Romano make on hiatus from their successful series, and movie actors like Gene Hackman and Marcia Gay Harden make on hiatus from taking their careers seriously.
  14. 40
    A terminally mild attempt to revive the populist political comedy pioneered by Frank Capra in the 1930's.
  15. Tierney and Hackman contribute most to keeping this life-size and funny.
  16. 40
    Not exactly screwball, and not exactly sentimental, but an uneasy and uncertain mix of the two.
User Score
3.2

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 10 out of 14
  1. May 21, 2013
    2
    A painfully unfunny movie. I was honestly just sitting there bored throughout the entire movie. I thought this would be a funny movie becauseA painfully unfunny movie. I was honestly just sitting there bored throughout the entire movie. I thought this would be a funny movie because it had Ray Romano in it and I loved his sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, but unfortunately I found myself not caring about a single thing in this movie. The acting is crappy and the plot is predictable and void of any laughs. You might get a few chuckles in, but that'll probably be over how stupid it all is. Avoid this movie. Full Review »
  2. RobS
    Apr 6, 2006
    0
    Let's be honest, there's not a funny bone in Ray Romano's body. Never has since I first saw the guy, but then again Kenny-G Let's be honest, there's not a funny bone in Ray Romano's body. Never has since I first saw the guy, but then again Kenny-G has a carreer too. Full Review »