Returning Mickey Stern
Returning Mickey Stern (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 31, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A would-be magical romantic comedy whose execution doesn't live up to the cleverness of its central conceit.

John Patterson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Edward Havens

Those who are looking for something a little old-fashioned will be greatly rewarded.

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Jan Stuart

High shtick content: Enter these waters at your own risk.

Dave Kehr
New York Times

Returning Mickey Stern is a sweet, well-intended picture, but like its title character, it is not quite good enough for the big leagues.

Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Aptly billed as 'a new old movie' ...proof that sentiment and saccharine need not necessarily go hand in hand.

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Megan Lehmann
New York Post

Returning Mickey Stern barely gets off first base, although the quaint Fire Island setting makes it easy on the eye.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

A bland romantic comedy that comes up short on both laughs and love.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

For all of its complex exposition and brimming biographical detail, it feels more like a cheaply shot film-class project than a real movie.

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