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Returning Mickey Stern
Mickey Stern (Joseph Bologna) is living in the past. When he was still in high school, Mickey (played as a young man by Joshua Fishbein) was a baseball phenom, signed by his beloved Yankees. He was on his way to Korea, proud to fight for his country. Then, visiting Fire Island with his best friend, Harry (Brett Tabisel), he met Leah (Kylie Delre), a beautiful young woman on her way to medical school. Mickey and Leah quickly hit it off, spending a romantic night together before circumstances parted them. Mickey went off to Korea, where he was wounded, which ended his dreams of baseball stardom.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A would-be magical romantic comedy whose execution doesn't live up to the cleverness of its central conceit."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The always-watchable Bologna is the adhesive holding together this slight and gentle romantic comedy, lending it perhaps more conviction and authority than the material warrants."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"Those who are looking for something a little old-fashioned will be greatly rewarded."
‑ Edward Havens,
"Far from being charming, there's something grotesque about a desperate older man playing matchmaker to a pair of young would-be lovers, then peering at them from behind bushes and pumping each for the intimate details of their trysts."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"High shtick content: Enter these waters at your own risk."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Returning Mickey Stern is a sweet, well-intended picture, but like its title character, it is not quite good enough for the big leagues."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"Aptly billed as 'a new old movie' ...proof that sentiment and saccharine need not necessarily go hand in hand."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Unlike so many recent movies, 'Returning Mickey Stern' doesn't telegraph how things are going to turn out -- and that's refreshing."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Returning Mickey Stern barely gets off first base, although the quaint Fire Island setting makes it easy on the eye."
‑ Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"A bland romantic comedy that comes up short on both laughs and love."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"For all of its complex exposition and brimming biographical detail, it feels more like a cheaply shot film-class project than a real movie."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A sweet "new old comedy" that is heavy on nostalgia and light on making waves."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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