The Mosquito Coast
The Mosquito Coast (1986)

Even a stellar performance by Harrison Ford as Allie Fox, an increasingly unbalanced inventor and crusader cannot make up for the downward slide at the end of this drama or for the need to probe a little further into the characters of… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 1, 1986
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Harrison Ford capably tackles a tough, unlikable role, producing a fascinating and strange character study.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has been directed and acted so well, in fact, that almost all my questions have to do with the script: Why was the hero made so uncompromisingly hateful?

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality & Practice

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

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

It's easy to forget how well Harrison Ford can play an unlikable character.

Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

long with a clever and complex performance by Harrison Ford, that ambition makes for a movie that is deeply flawed, but undeniably powerful.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Meandering film that doesn't really seem to know where it's going or what it is.

Larry Carroll

Harrison Ford gives one of his best performances in this underrated film.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

A stretch for Ford, but worth it. Unique and fascinating character study.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

It's a testament to Ford's talent that we actually care what happens to him, because in a lesser actor's hands, we'd be hoping that some cannibalistic natives would eat him.

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Scott Weinberg

Weird and smoothly engaging. Harrison Ford does some great (non-hero) work here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Definitely not for all tastes. This challenging film boasts a full committed performance from Harrison Ford, possibly his best work, with strong support by… More
Conner Rainwater
A semi-remake of the Swiss Family Robinson, mixed with the story of a self-righteous scientist going crazy. This has an important story and lesson about… More
Ken Stachnik
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… More
Jens S.
Harrison Ford in one of his earliest un-heroic roles as know-it-all inventor taking his family to the Central American jungle where things go bad rather soon as… More
Dan Schultz
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… More
Daniel Perry
A decent movie, I guess - conceptually original and cinematographically interesting. It's also nice to see Harrison Ford play a character not franchised… More

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