Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 36
  2. Negative: 16 out of 36
  1. As is, Welcome to Mooseport is clunkily earthbound as its characters and the situations plod forward while never getting anywhere.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    It's a disappointingly limp small-town farce played several shades too broadly by a cast that has done better work elsewhere.
  3. Romano tries hard, but it takes real big-screen talent to draw laughs and emotions from material as flimsy and formulaic as the script.
  4. 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.
  5. To a character, every man in this faux-homey burg has been castrated! They're all impotent buffoons!
  6. 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.
  7. It's a terrible movie, ugly to look at, tediously drawn out, unfunny in every cell and fiber of its being.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 30
    A movie marred by a flaccid script, listless pacing, a plethora of cutesy-poo gags and Ray Romano.
User Score
3.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 23 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 »