Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 36
  2. Negative: 16 out of 36
  1. 75
    Hackman could charm the chrome off a trailer hitch. Romano is more of the earnest, aw-shucks, sincere, well-meaning kind of guy whose charm is inner and only peeks out occasionally. They work well together here.
  2. 38
    Welcome to Mooseport's satirical edge is dull and pitted, the screenplay is overlong and uninteresting, the comedy is soft and shapeless, and the actors perform like they're on a sit com.
  3. 25
    A comedy so devoid of wit and point that not mentioning the other actors trapped in this rathole would be an act of charity.
  4. Romano tries hard, but it takes real big-screen talent to draw laughs and emotions from material as flimsy and formulaic as the script.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's a disappointingly limp small-town farce played several shades too broadly by a cast that has done better work elsewhere.
  6. To a character, every man in this faux-homey burg has been castrated! They're all impotent buffoons!
  7. No one comes out of Mooseport unscathed -- not Rip Torn, as the president's campaign manager, not Christine Baranski as his avaricious ex-wife. It's a democracy of mediocrity, or worse.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    I'm not sure if the movie's lack of momentum is the fault of the director, the screenwriter, or the star, Romano. But most likely, it represents the luckless convergence of three dismayingly low-watt talents.
  10. Tierney and Hackman contribute most to keeping this life-size and funny.
  11. 30
    If it were terrible, you could at least sink your teeth into it; but Welcome to Mooseport is like a biscuit soaked in water, ready to be gummed instead of chewed.
  12. As is, Welcome to Mooseport is clunkily earthbound as its characters and the situations plod forward while never getting anywhere.
  13. 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.
  14. Gene Hackman, bristling with wit and energy, is at his amusing best in the robust comedy.
  15. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Lacks the antic energy and inspired imagination that might have put this over as a sharp-witted community comedy in the Preston Sturges vein.
  16. 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.
  17. It's a terrible movie, ugly to look at, tediously drawn out, unfunny in every cell and fiber of its being.
  18. 30
    A movie marred by a flaccid script, listless pacing, a plethora of cutesy-poo gags and Ray Romano.
  19. Instead of a madcap farce, the movie grinds along into a series of laboured comic bits.
  20. A toothless political satire set in a Maine coastal village. It plays like six subplots in search of a sitcom.
  21. 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.
  22. 30
    Hackman makes a plausible ex-president, but his graceful, lived-in performance is just about the only element of Welcome To Mooseport that rings true.
  23. Set against "Mooseport's" backdrop of ramped-up whimsy -- and not the kind that charms, either, but the kind that gets old faster than uncovered cheese -- Romano just kind of disappears.
  24. 30
    Closer to Sturges than Capra, the movie means to satirize the TV-fueled carnivalesque nature of American electoral politics but only demonstrates the TV-fueled debasement of American commercial comedy.
  25. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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.
  26. 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.
  27. Determinedly genial and relentlessly bland.
  28. 25
    But the blame for the stultifying Mooseport lies squarely on the shoulders of the screenwriters and anyone else who assumed the limited Romano could carry such a dated, lousy film. The results are in: He can't do it, at least not without a lot more help.
  29. 40
    A terminally mild attempt to revive the populist political comedy pioneered by Frank Capra in the 1930's.
  30. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Offers a charming distraction from the current campaign season by sidestepping real issues and making light of the process.
  31. 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.
  32. But the jury is still out on Romano's future in movies. Hackman blows him off the screen.
  33. Welcome to Mooseport... is intended to be a comedy; that hypothesis is a generous leap of faith, given the fact that "House of Sand and Fog" contains more moments of mirth than this rather joyless exercise in waste and torpor.
  34. 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.
  35. 75
    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. Such a comedy these days is more than welcome.
  36. Reviewed by: Chris Barsanti
    Not exactly screwball, and not exactly sentimental, but an uneasy and uncertain mix of the two.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 10 out of 14
  1. May 21, 2013
    A 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
    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 »