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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)



Critic Consensus: Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best.

Movie Info

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl. -- (C) Focus Featuresmore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and smoking)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2012
Box Office: $45.5M
Focus Features - Official Site


Bruce Willis
as Captain Sharp
Edward Norton
as Scout Master Ward
Bill Murray
as Mr. Bishop
Frances McDormand
as Mrs. Bishop
Tilda Swinton
as Social Services
Bob Balaban
as The Narrator
Lucas Hedges
as Redford
Tommy Nelson
as Nickleby
Larry Pine
as Mr. Billingsley
Eric Chase Anderson
as Secretary McIntire
Jake Ryan
as Lionel
Liz Callahan
as Mrs. Billingsley
Christine Noel
as Noah's Wife
John Peet
as Junior Khaki Scout M...
Carolyn Pickman
as Mrs. Lynn
Kevin DeCoste
as Morse Code Khaki Sco...
Harvey Keitel
as Commander Pierce
Tyler Metivier
as Bugle Khaki Scout
Cooper Murray
as Indian Chief Khaki S...
Coledyn Garrow
as Trampoline Khaki Sco...
Ben Haffner
as Archery Khaki Scout
Michael Malvesti
as B-B-Q Khaki Scout
Rich Conant
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Johnathon Deneault
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Jack TeJean Hartman
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Preston Hatch
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Alex Milne
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Jordan Puzzo
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Steve Smith
as Weather Man
Roman Keitel
as Acolyte's Assistant
Derek Sardella
as Pigeon Scout
Eric Anderson
as Secretary McIntire
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Critic Reviews for Moonrise Kingdom

All Critics (229) | Top Critics (49)

The film is frequently funny, always elegant (or mock-elegant), and something that would make Humbert Humbert laugh all the way to his asylum.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

The script may be the film's greatest strength: the movie is probably Anderson's most quotable.

Full Review… | October 6, 2015
Under the Radar

Moonrise Kingdom may be a light summer entrée, but it rewards us by serving up a rich romantic fantasy and isn't afraid to share its sweet, beating young heart.

Full Review… | June 24, 2015
Playboy Online

It's Anderson's most carefully constrained, painstakingly overdesigned movie, yet also his most gushing and emotionally accessible.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Endlessly subjective to the kids' fantasy of the world around them, a memory in mind compacted from impressions half-glimpsed, Anderson confects and even perfects a headlong heaven's-to-Etsy esthetic, in hothouse glory.

Full Review… | April 14, 2014

Anderson's woodsy thought process... elicits a thorough batch of the rainy summer daydreams where most grand childhood adventures and romances are so often had: in heads and hearts, if not in flesh.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Moonrise Kingdom


After a second viewing: I think I was too ready to love this movie. Great cast, great style, and sweet story of young love, but there's also a "same old Wes Anderson" feeling to it; it's almost belaboured. Despite Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, you rarely laugh out loud, and it's almost played too straight: trying to be too sweet.

Anderson makes unique films, and I do like them all, but he may be getting stale. He hasn't blown me away since The Royal Tenenbaums. I have great expectations for The Grand Budapest Hotel, and in a way, I think he needs to knock that one out of the park in order to keep making the kinds of movies he wants to make. I'm starting to see a Tim Burton career parallel, in which he ends up only getting work from Disney. It wouldn't be the worst think in the world, but it would lead to compromises in his films' most valuable aspect: their aesthetic.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Probably my favorite film of the year (and what a good movie year it was!). Director Wes Anderson crafts a film that has a heart as big as its brain, creating a sweet story of adolescent love. It's Anderson's most delightfully quirky, toning down his usual sardonic but keeping the essence of an "Anderson" film. His shots seem compulsively symmetrical, the production design a matter of balance that feels quaint instead of off-putting. I want more tales of Suzy and Sam, but know I shouldn't get any- and that's the mark of a timeless film.

Jason Lalljee
Jason Lalljee

Super Reviewer

Wes Anderson, master of the aesthetically colorful, whimsical, sixties' tinged madness, outdoes even himself with a trope set in the very decade he draws from the most. Right down to the period clothing, sets, and a clickety typewriter to boot, this reeks of its time period, but at the same time it isn't mashed into your face. The setting for the film is much more magical and whimsical than it is cloaked in nostalgia. Set on an island that cannot be reached except by ferry and plane, making cars essentially useless, it has an otherness to it even while retaining the same base characteristics of Anderson's usual troupe of characters. Time period only lends interesting visuals, and doesn't ultimately define the characters. All characters are quirky, especially the troop that includes the lead character, Sam (Gilman), who are all instinctive about their natural environment, and testy about procedure, and yet are represented as normal kids rebutting the outsider. Even the troop leader, played by Edward Norton, thinks that Sam is an eccentric, and an oddity, so when Sam runs away to be with a girl who he has met once and wrote for a year, he is incensed, and yet begins to become thoughtful about the boy. The entire film follows the irregular course that these young lovers take, both odd to the outside world but much more mature than they're given credit for. Besides the love story there are the stories of the inhabitants of the island, including a police officer, the troop leader, and the family of the girl. Though the film is one of a tragic romance between young people, a great coming of age story, and of course a tale of an adventurous hero keeping the wolves at bay, it is also funny, sweet, and soft spoken. The young couple are really interesting, and in every scene they try to stay eternally bound and yet are kept apart by the obvious age issue. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward are very talented and yet are amateurs, so they keep the innocence of their age and yet bring forth the understanding of young, ambitious teenagers. The one point that irritates me is that the story of the family isn't well told, the characters are a bit flat, and the relationship between the mother and the policeman is the most boring aspect of the entire movie and yet is supposed to yield some untold insight into the lives of the island residents. It felt so pointless, except to show his willingness to look towards the future, and that's barely alluded to. This is another Anderson best, but compared to the detailed lives of his past characters, these only sometimes get the briefest of introductions.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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