• Released
  • November 26, 1986
  • PG
  • Action/Adventure
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88

TV Guide

A courageous and serious film that explores the limits of the mythic American virtues of persistence, inventiveness, and rugged individualism.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
Weir's orchestrated The Mosquito Coast's action to match Fox's progressive mental state, from rage to explosion to squalls and finally to hurricane velocity; however, the film leaves us not with an apotheosis, but exhaustion. [26 Nov 1986]
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70

Variety

It is hard to believe that a film as beautiful as The Mosquito Coast [adapted from the novel by Paul Theroux] can also be so bleak, but therein lies its power and undoing.
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70

Washington Post

The Mosquito Coast is the only movie you'll see this season that has too much ambition for its own good - its subject, really, is nothing less than the American experience.
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60

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
As a persona of epic polarities, [Harrison Ford] animates this muddled, metaphysical journey into the jungle.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
The Mosquito Coast is a work of consummate craftsmanship and it's spectacularly acted, down to the smallest roles (Martha Plimpton as a classically obstreperous preacher's daughter, for example), but its field of vision is as narrow and eventually as claustrophobic as Allie's. [28 Nov 1986]
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50

Chicago Reader

Peter Weir's 1986 adaptation of Paul Theroux's best-selling novel is literally that - an adaptation without much character of its own.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie has been directed and acted so well, in fact, that almost all my questions have to do with the script: Why was the hero made so uncompromisingly hateful?
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
The picture's blandness - and hollowness - is startling when you consider the collaborators. [26 Nov 1986]
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40

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
In spite of its authentic scenery (it was filmed in Belize), this Mosquito Coast is utterly flat.
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49 out of 100
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