Moonlight Mile Reviews

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
With a relentless playlist of rock stand-bys, the film careers between jaunty and maudlin.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 4, 2002
An awfully good, achingly human picture.
| Original Score: A-
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Washington Post
October 4, 2002
A combination of good story, nice moments and appealing texture.
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Washington Post
October 4, 2002
The film isn't very likable.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 4, 2002
It's too quirky, too scripted, too ... well, like a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 4, 2002
A gem of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 4, 2002
Despite all the expert acting that goes into it, Moonlight Mile finally becomes a militantly soulful exercise. It makes even the most sensitive, tenderhearted viewer feel somehow inadequate. That's not a good feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Detroit Free Press
October 4, 2002
While it is not autobiographical in the strict sense, it is so obviously heartfelt and personally observed that we feel almost as liberated and relieved as Silberling must have felt as this story came pouring out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
October 4, 2002
Rewarding for what it attempts and often achieves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 4, 2002
The first half of Moonlight Mile feels like the runaway trailer for a movie that can't wait to jerk your tears. But to quote Joe in a moment of epiphany, there's a 'truth enema' out there, and, boy, it really brings this movie around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 4, 2002
Like its New England characters, most of whom wander about in thick clouds of denial, the movie eventually gets around to its real emotional business, striking deep chords of sadness.
| Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 4, 2002
Moonlight Mile treats grief like a new product on the Home Shopping Network, wrapping it in bright packaging, giving it a snappy catchphrase and offering a special deal that's good only for the next two hours.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 3, 2002
Mr. Silberling's vision never makes a seamless transfer to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 3, 2002
It's a half-a-hankie tearjerker, a meek, polite weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 3, 2002
A funny/sad family melodrama that is neither as funny nor as sad as it wants to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 3, 2002
The individual parts of the film are much better than the whole. But it's high-minded and worth experiencing for those parts: the performances, the alternately funny or touching scenes.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 2, 2002
Manipulative and brush-stroked with so much Disney gloss it looks polyurethaned.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 30, 2002
It's a tremendous piece of work, a real accomplishment for Silberling, and the performances are great.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 27, 2002
There's just something inescapably emotional about watching [Gyllenhaal] play Benjamin Braddock to Hoffman's substitute father. Or maybe it's the time of year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 27, 2002
One of the most generous and reassuring tragicomedies of this or any year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2002
Though Moonlight Mile is replete with acclaimed actors and actresses and tackles a subject that's potentially moving, the movie is too predictable and too self-conscious to reach a level of high drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 27, 2002
Earnest, sometimes engaging, but it tries way too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 27, 2002
A kinder, gentler version of In the Bedroom.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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September 27, 2002
There are wonderful moments of humor, and demonstrations of humanity, strength, and the resilience of the human spirit.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 27, 2002
Moonlight Mile gives itself the freedom to feel contradictory things. It is sentimental but feels free to offend, is analytical and then surrenders to the illogic of its characters, is about grief and yet permits laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 27, 2002
Too often, Moonlight Mile feels like a series of set-ups, designed to provoke reflexive laughs or welling eyes, without building the emotional foundations that take the drama to a deeper level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 26, 2002
Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Jake Gyllenhaal anchor a dazzling true-life comedy that might be the funniest movie about grief ever made.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 26, 2002
Though its conclusion is too tidily therapeutic, and though elements of its story strain credibility, Moonlight Mile has an understated, lived-in quality and a wry, unforced sense of the absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2002
What's on screen is too honest and from the heart to totally dismiss but too slick and contrived to completely embrace. This is a film that cares about genuine emotion but also wants to tame it, to tidy it up and keep it confined to quarters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 26, 2002
Glossy, good-looking and well-produced, it affects you and even sometimes moves you, but it doesn't really convincingly connect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 26, 2002
Funny and telling.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 26, 2002
This is an insultingly inept and artificial examination of grief and its impacts upon the relationships of the survivors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Silberling belabors just about everything.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 26, 2002
In Moonlight Mile, no one gets shut out of the hug cycle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
September 24, 2002
All the shell-shocked wryness, irredeemable remorse, and unaccountable will to survive that the movie attempts to embody are realized in Gyllenhaal, and the actor makes it possible to root for Moonlight Mile despite its flaws.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 12, 2002
A movie at war with itself -- tuned into its characters' vicissitudes one moment, stumbling with awkward stabs at goofiness the next.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2002
Tackles the difficult subject of grief and loss with such life-embracing spirit that the theme doesn't drag an audience down.