Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
But the jury is still out on Romano's future in movies. Hackman blows him off the screen.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A toothless political satire set in a Maine coastal village. It plays like six subplots in search of a sitcom.
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USA Today

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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
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.
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Boston Globe

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.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A comedy so devoid of wit and point that not mentioning the other actors trapped in this rathole would be an act of charity.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
To a character, every man in this faux-homey burg has been castrated! They're all impotent buffoons!
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33 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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