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Mouse Hunt Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    MouseHunt is "'Home Alone" with a rodent in the place of Macaulay Culkin.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Not very funny, and maybe couldn't have been very funny no matter what, because the pieces for comedy are not in place.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The charms of Evans (from 1995's oddball Funny Bones) and Lane (who's at his best playing to the balcony) are lost in all the detailed hubbub.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Wacked-out and warped. [19 December 1997, p. 3D]

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    The biggest factor working against Mouse Hunt may be its chilliness. Like some of the Coen brothers' work, it's so stylized that it often keeps you at an arm's length instead of sucking you into its whirlwind.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 6+

A vivacious, clever slapstick comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that children will identify with the fuzzy little mouse, as the Smuntz brothers try to kill it, so there may be some fear when the brothers almost kill it several times with a variety of implements, including a nail gun. The mouse fills the house with gas later and blows the brothers sky-high.

  • Families can talk about why we laugh at cartoonish violence.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Agitated brothers turn on each other.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: An exterminator gets brutally dragged (and somewhat bloodied). Cartoon-style mayhem; Three Stooges-style head-bashing with frying pans and other household wares. One brother points a loaded shotgun at the other's face.

  • sex false3

    Sexy stuff: Reference to "making love." Spooling machines unravel a man's clothes, leaving him without a stitch (he covers himself appropriately). A man stuffs his arm down a woman's dress when a mouse disappears in her cleavage.

  • language false3

    Language: Moderate sexually themed profanity. Strong words (e.g., "s.o.b.") directed at the mouse.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue