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It's a prime example of what can happen when hip, slightly cynical establishment filmmakers try to make a deeply sentimental movie.
Los Angeles Times:
How could director Rob Reiner, whose touch for what pleases a mass audience is usually unfailing, have strayed this far?
New York Times:
North, a playful modern fable about a boy in search of new parents, doesn't always work, but much of it is clever in amusingly unpredictable ways.
It's depressing enough to see a director turn into a button pusher. But what can you say about a director who just keeps hitting the same button?
The amalgams of TV stereotypes that satirize foreign and regional cultures are embarrassing.
The premise of North sounds flat, the previews look insipid, and, while the movie doesn't turn out nearly as bad as either would lead you to believe, North is still a lackluster production.
Reiner is undecided just how fantastically he should treat this ludicrous plotline. Added to which there's a dire musical number, a silly thriller subplot, and much maudlin didacticism from narrator Willis in various guardian angel (dis)guises. Misery.
The intrinsic failure of Alan Zweibel and Andrew Scheinman's script is that it tips its hand from the start.