The Man in the Moon (1991)



Critic Consensus: It's sentimental, and some viewers may feel manipulated by the melodramatic final act, but The Man in the Moon offers a finely drawn coming-of-age story with an excellent cast -- including Reese Witherspoon in her film debut.

Movie Info

Based on a true story, two sisters compete for the romantic attentions of the same man.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Norwood, Jenny Wingfield
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 9, 2001


as Court Foster

as Abigail

as Doc White

as Mrs. Sanders

as Mrs. Taylor

as Missy Trant

as Foster Twin

as Foster Twin
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Moon

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Newcomer Witherspoon manages to strike exactly the right note as the tomboy on the verge of womanhood while Waterston works on several levels at once.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The heart-warming tone steadily becomes overheated.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Gets an outstandingly natural performance out of Miss Witherspoon, who has no trouble carrying a lot of the film single-handedly. It falls to her to remind the audience that this story is at heart about a family, and she does.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

"The Man in the Moon" is a wonderful movie, but it is more than that, it is a victory of tone and mood. It is like a poem.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

"The Man in the Moon" is an intimate, sentimental coming-of-age drama, a sweet little puppy love movie crushed by the enormity of its tragic twists.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Mulligan uses a delicate touch in revealing the confusion in growing up and the loss in discovering that the world isn't as simple or perfect as children believe it to be.

Full Review… | March 31, 2005 (Ohio)

Audience Reviews for The Man in the Moon

Reese Witherspoons first movie I beleive. Sam Waterson shines as the father, Jason London also does well. This is a tear jerker film of the upteenth degree but as others have said, this is a story about sisters and true love. Its a beautiful tale and well told. If you have never seen this your missing out.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Wonderful, heartwarming movie...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

For a kid's movie, a surprisingly non-cheesy but still warming story with wonderful pastoral images. Grass and Elvis makes me melt. Reese emerged as an actress well-aware of the nuances and intonations necessary to shoot this role to the next level. It sucks that this preteen role is more edgy than any Four Christmases crap she's relegated to now. PS. I'm glad Jason London at least got to have sex before the accident.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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