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Lawrence Kasdan wrote and directed this comedy about a young psychologist named Mumford (Loren Dean), who arrives in a small town and sets up a practice. Mumford's style is short on analytic mumbo-jumbo and long on practical advice, and he soon finds that he has a long list of satisfied clients in his new home town, including many of the city's most prominent citizens. Mumford's advice also helps love bloom among the city's single residents. However, the city already had a psychologist, Ernest Delbanco (David Paymer), who is quickly losing business to Mumford. So Ernest starts… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It turns the tricks of psychology into duplicitous high play."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Neither funny, heart-warming nor star-powered enough to motivate the public to turn out in very large numbers."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Great characters, but for older teens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Director Lawrence Kasdan's small-town fable beguiles."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"An endearing portrait of a wounded healer who uses his own experiences of pain and compulsivness to help others."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Mumford is so carefully visualized in Lawrence Kasdan's new film that you'd sort of like to live there."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Mumford may look okay on your television some dead afternoon, but it isn't a movie."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A film without conviction, about a town full of people with problems without depth, aided by a guru without soul."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Continues Kasdan's slump into mediocrity."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"Director Lawrence Kasdan's Mumford blends likable characters with a humorous, gentle look at small town life."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The performances are disarming and Mumford is the kind of comedy that grows on you if you give it a chance."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"... it ends up being little more than a mellow tour of quirky characters that are better as representatives of different personality types than actual characters we believe in."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Simple and sweet, but unforgivably trite."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"A frustrating, mundane piece of filmmaking that only serves to emphasize the spottiness of Kasdan's post-Body Heat output."
‑ Chris Grunden, Film Journal International
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