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Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile (2002)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 92 | Rotten: 55

Though the story feels rather contrived, Moonlight Mile is redeemed by the good performances of its cast.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 18

Though the story feels rather contrived, Moonlight Mile is redeemed by the good performances of its cast.



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Frequent television director Brad Silberling directs the romantic drama Moonlight Mile. Set in a Massachusetts town in the early '70s, Joe Nast (Jake Gyllenhaal) is distraught after the death of his fiancée. He moves in with her parents, Ben (Dustin Hoffman) and JoJo (Susan Sarandon), while trying to sort out all of the legal troubles and painful details of the wedding cancellations. While trying to locate the wedding invitations in the mail, Joe meets Bertie (Ellen Pompeo), whose boyfriend has


Drama, Romance

Brad Silberling

Mar 11, 2003


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All Critics (149) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (55) | DVD (23)

With a relentless playlist of rock stand-bys, the film careers between jaunty and maudlin.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An awfully good, achingly human picture.

November 4, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A combination of good story, nice moments and appealing texture.

October 4, 2002
Washington Post
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The film isn't very likable.

October 4, 2002
Washington Post
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It's too quirky, too scripted, too ... well, like a movie.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A gem of a movie.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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"Moonlight Mile" is about livable compromises and the doubt and panic that linger once life's plans scatter and persist even as they settle again. Moreover, it's about the hardship of survivors honoring someone from whom they're best off moving on.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source:

Probably one of the most realistic, poignant, and intimate portraits into the lives of characters in mourning.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

At the very least an emotionally honest film, but it would have been far more affecting if it felt more true to life.

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

Starring the likes of Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman, filmmaker Brad Silberling delivers a personal movie that reassures us that that we will one day understand those terrible things that happen to us.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Its original look at loyalty and loss subsides into a forgettable love story, leading it out of the darkness and straight into schmaltzville.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Moonlight Mile is, at the very least, an emotionally honest film, but it would have been far more affecting if it felt more true to life.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

I appreciate what the film has to say about honesty and moving on with life. But ... the film's ultimate 'insights' about going on with life seem hollow and insufficient.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Excessivamente ansioso para provocar as lágrimas do espectador, o roteiro torna-se superficial e maniqueísta, transformando o sofrimento de seus personagens em verdadeira tortura para o público.

June 7, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Has an emotional resonance above what we've come to expect/dread from big name Hollywood movies.

April 1, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Donnie Brighto is what they should have called this feeble, sucrose emotional drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comment (1)

In addition to the strong performances, the script is teeming with lovely, knowing moments, and the camera moves artfully.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There's no hint of giant bunnies or falling airline engines; just good solid family drama. .

March 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

" isn't black and white, and often the funniest moments arise at the most tragic times. It's funny, sad, unpredictable and richly rewarding, this unusual love story set in a small town that shows us that dreams aren't really dreams, unless they are w

March 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

'A big, comforting, baked potato of a film.'

February 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Teletext

Well-acted by its impressive cast, but ultimately very slow to the point of being boring and unengaging -- still, it's a treat to see Hoffman onscreen again.

February 22, 2003 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

An honestly intimate and genuinely funny account of bereavement.

February 18, 2003 Full Review Source:

Cameron Crowe did not write or direct Moonlight Mile, but he may as well have, since the movie feels and looks and most of all sounds like his work. From my point of view, this is not a compliment...

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

I suspect that it will find a place in the heart of anyone who has lost and gone on to live and love again... or at least those who are willing to open themselves up to that emotional ride.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Hot Button
Hot Button

Moonlight Mile makes you realize how much Dustin Hoffman's presence on the big screen has been missed the past few years.

December 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Moonlight Mile

Really a great movie in every respect. A very distinct visual style, unique story and an a perfect cast. The 70s atmosphere somehow fits perfectly into the plot, maybe because Jake Gyllenhaal's character emulates the generation almost exactly. The sense of loss is done well, it's not like every other movie where someone dies. This shows the true awkwardness that comes along with a funeral service, false attachment and mixed emotions. Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon play pretty different characters than they're used to, there's a very weak and childish way in how they act. This is a movie that is very particular in its message and it succeeds completely. It becomes such a powerful experience by the end.
September 14, 2010

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Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Ellen Pompeo, Holly Hunter, Dabney Coleman, Aleksia Landeau, Careena Melia, Mary Ellen Trainor, Lev Friedman, Bob Clendenin, Jim Fyfe, Richard Fancy, Marcia Mitzman Gaven, Allan Corduner

Directed by: Brad Silberling

Summary: Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman co-star as the grieving mother and father of a recently deceased girl who take in their daughter's fiancé (Jake Gyllenhaal) because he's the only living connection they have to their only child. Problems arise when the young man falls in love with a woman (Ellen Pompeo) whose boyfriend has gone missing, prompting his former in-laws-to-be to come to grips with the new relationship.

My Thoughts: "The story pulled me in almost instantly. Great job by Gyllenhaal. His court room scene was very emotional. Sarandon and Hoffman both have their tear-jerker moments as well. Sarandon has this scene where she's sitting on her daughter's bed drinking as Gyllenhaal is climbing through the window, and she just breaks down and its just really sad. She's such an amazing actress. She always makes her characters feel real. Never seen Ellen Pompeo play such a big part in a film. I thought she was great in this. Just really good acting in this film. Although this is an emotional film, there is also quite of bit of humor throughout the film. The relationships between the three leads are honest, and realistic. This film has a great script with a great cast. Also the music in the movie is pretty great as well. Just a sad, honest, real, emotional, and funny film."
August 16, 2010

Super Reviewer

"In life and love, expect the unexpected."

As he copes with the death of his fiancee along with her parents, a young man must figure out what he wants out of life.

Strong acted and character driven drama about the aftermath of a family's sudden and violent loss of their beloved adult daughter and the bonding between them and her fiancé (Gyllenhaal effectively conveying awkward grievance) in a small New England hamlet circa 1973. Before starring in a hit drama medical show, Ellen Pompeo gives a nicely nuanced performance as a potential love interest/soul mate-in-waiting he meets. Hoffman and Sarandon are especially effective in their muted emotions that frequently spring freely into painful turmoil. Written and directed by Brad Silberling loosely based on his own true-life account in the tragic murder of his fiancée actress Rebecca Schaeffer.
June 4, 2010
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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