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Allan Mindel's Milwaukee, Minnesota is about con men hoping to take advantage of a fishing champion. Albert (Troy Garity) is the best ice-fisherman in Wisconsin. He is not the sharpest tack in the box, making him susceptible to the less than ethical advances of nefarious Jerry (Randy Quaid), Stan (Hank Harris), and Tuey (Alison Folland), who all want in on his tournament winnings. Albert's life becomes even more difficult after his loving mother (Debra Monk) dies in an unexpected traffic incident. Milwaukee, Minnesota was screened at the 2003 Slamdance Film Festival.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Garity doesn't break any new Rainman ground here, but Allan Mindel's film has a nice sense of place, and Richard Murphy's script has lots of low-key surprises."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Most of its cast makes strong impressions, but the plot and motivation don't quite jell, resulting in a minor item that shows its star Troy Garity to good advantage."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Contains all the elements of a charmingly offbeat independent film, but somehow those elements never quite gel."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Milwaukee, Minnesota is familiar but manages to be unique in flourishes that come when you least expect them."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"Allan Mindel's directing debut gives off the smug air of hipsters at play, making it hard to care what happens to any of its lost souls and inept opportunists."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Memorable enough to warrant another shot at director. This film ends in a way that proves Mindel doesn't rely on cliches to make a statement."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"More predictable than its makers seem aware, its emotional hooks much too dull to pull us in."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"A weird but tasty slice of Midwestern noir."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"An odd movie that wears its idiosyncrasies poorly."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The busyness of the story, filled with conventional crime-plot scams and devices, only further exposes the narrative's thinness."
‑ Nick Carter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Everyone seems to be playing someone else in Allan Mindel's full-of-potential, slight-of-script Milwaukee, Minnesota."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"A strange, compelling film, with Mr. Garity as a likeable, winning centerpiece."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Two miscast actors provide all the annoyance the public can take."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"From the outset, the movie bumbles into genre territory inhabited by superior specimens"
‑ Jay Antani,
"A very uneven dark comedy."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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