Box art for The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast

drama


Based on a best-selling novel, this is the story of one man's attempt to create a utopian existence in the rain forest for his family, which evolves into a desperate fight for their lives.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    75%
  • Audience Score
    62%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Examines the consequences of a father's egotism on his family.

- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice, Thursday, January 3, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Definitely not for all tastes. This challenging film boasts a full committed performance from Harrison Ford, possibly his best work, with strong support by Helen Mirren and River Phoenix. Weir guides us through a complex portrait of a deeply flawed perhaps insane man's quest for what he sees as a simple life but which twists him into a demagogue imperiling his family on his fruitless journey. Tough going but a good picture.

- jjnxn, Wednesday, February 9, 2011

4 stars

Harrison Ford has made one movie that lost money, this one. Which is a damn shame as it's one of his most interesting. "...(He's) the most dangerous kind of man, a know it all, who is occasionally right." Ford drags his family to South American to bring the ice (and therefore civilization). Chaos ensues. Weir's direction is concise and tight, performances all round are fantastic. It's a shame that the failure of this drove him to the milk toast that is Dead Poets Society. An awesome double feature with There Will Be Blood or Fitzcaraldo.

- kenstachnik, Wednesday, November 3, 2010

4 stars

A gripping, uncompromising look at a family who follows their father (Harrison Ford) blindly into Central America, due to the father's utter disgust on how corrupted America has become - so he elects to try his luck out in the jungles where he puts his skills on display. This is a solid film, which is worth watching due to Harrison Ford's roaring, knockout performance as a man unaware of his own hypocrisy, and uncaring towards his family's feelings. Helen Mirren and River Phoenix also give very subtle, but still strong performances. Although this film has its flaws (such as the over-zealous extreme Christian missionary who chews up only five minutes of the film - five pretty bad and exaggerated minutes), the strengths of the film and the way the plot unfolds naturally (never once feeling artificial) is a thing of beauty to watch. Definitely a film I will want to revisit in a few years again.

- fb619846742, Friday, September 10, 2010