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75
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
75
Chicago Tribune
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.
63
Premiere
Offers a charming distraction from the current campaign season by sidestepping real issues and making light of the process.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
But the jury is still out on Romano's future in movies. Hackman blows him off the screen.
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.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
A toothless political satire set in a Maine coastal village. It plays like six subplots in search of a sitcom.
50
New York Daily News
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.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
30
Wall Street Journal
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.
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.
16
Entertainment Weekly
To a character, every man in this faux-homey burg has been castrated! They're all impotent buffoons!

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