• PG-13, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Wes Anderson
    In Theaters:
    May 25, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 16, 2012
  • Focus Features

Critic Review - Newsday

Though undeniably smart and charming, "Moonrise Kingdom" loves itself the way the callow Holden Caulfield loves himself: unconditionally. Salinger understood the problem with that. Anderson may not.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (18)
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Jared Allyn

Jared Allyn

I disagree strongly with the last sentence but am glad this still is a fresh review. While Salinger does understand the problem with loving oneself unconditionally, Moonrise Kingdom displays the benefits of such and expresses it through the development of its two young leads who are both branded as outcasts. Caulfield was a teenager struggling with these problems. Moonrise Kingdom depicts two adolescents just realizing that these problems exist.

Jun 10 - 12:47 AM

Ben Boer

Ben Boer

Oh, it's the classic, "Anderson's directing smothered the actors" complaint. P.S. Catcher is godawful.

Jun 11 - 12:56 PM

Zac Bushnell

Zac Bushnell

Ah, it's the classic "Other people can't have opinions" complaint. Nothing gets past you!

Jun 14 - 08:11 AM

John J. Puccio

John J. Puccio

"P.S. Catcher is godawful."

And it'll never sell.

Jun 16 - 02:28 PM

Gavin Miller

Gavin Miller

wtf. Catcher in the Rye is one of the greatest books ever written.

Jun 29 - 12:48 PM

Nick Saunders

Nick Saunders

It's not. What it is, is a book about stretching out what is essentially nothing into a story. NOTHING happened in that book that was worth reading.

Aug 16 - 07:57 AM

Paul Wei

Paul Wei

Shouldn't this review be counted as a Rotten and not a Fresh? Anyhow, I totally agree with this review; the film was as usual visually interesting but rang emotionally hollow and was overly in love with itself. quirky for the sake of quirkiness.

Jun 17 - 08:41 PM

Julian Tabron

Julian Tabron

They were 12 years old. They are not going to show the same emotional love towards each other like adults or even teenagers. It has quirky and whimsical moments because it's a comedy and it centered around two children. By the way, rotten tomatoes calls and asks the reviewer if it's positive or negative before they put it on the website.

Jun 22 - 08:32 AM

Michael Clausen

Michael Clausen

I agree - the review was mostly negative, but the movie still got a Fresh? Even if RT calls to double check with the reviewer, the review and the rating don't match.

Jul 1 - 04:47 AM

Brian H.

Brian Hall

Just got back from watching it. I thought it was good but it wasnt as good as I thought it would be. Well I have to elaborate. It was a well made movie but I didnt think it was as interesting as I thought it would be.

Jul 2 - 01:40 PM

Zachary Michaels

Zachary Michaels

That is the most questionable description of Holden Caulfield I have ever read.

Jul 3 - 08:38 PM

Layla Chapman

Layla Chapman

Agreed.

Jul 8 - 07:45 PM

Kathryn M.

Kathryn Miller

I hated the insincerity and masturbatory nature of this film but couldn't put my hatred into words. Rafer Guzman has done it for me, albeit a lot nicer than I would have.

Jul 5 - 08:08 AM

Avery Chenoweth

Avery Chenoweth

Rafer, you're exactly right in your take on this movie, which is an endless parody, and so ironizing throughout that ultimately all of it is a long-winded joke without a punch line. What it needs is a pattern, to set the ironic adult world here, and the more sincere world of kids over here, so that we can feel something for them, and care what happens. But at the end, with so much whimsy and silliness, it wouldn't matter if aliens kidnapped them. The story line of the adults, whose adultery parallels the runaway kids, is not developed, but dropped, and everything else is arbitrary since it's cut off from the drama. So, enter--anything. Whatever. A more difficult movie to make and yet more entertaining would have taken the era and the characters more seriously, and allowed us to see something real unfold into a story. But all we see is a narcissistic display of cleverness without content, as if real emotions frighten the director.

Jul 8 - 01:56 PM

Mike A.

Mike Aldy

Well said. This movie is like the guy who tells a story without a point. No payoff for the awkward pause. Or dissonance in an song with no resolution.

Jul 13 - 05:14 PM

Mike A.

Mike Aldy

Thank you! You are dead on the mark.

Jul 13 - 05:10 PM

Trenton Underwood

Trenton Underwood

What are you all smoking!!! This movie was nothing more than an afterthought and all I could keep thinking for the night was how did this get such good reviews? It wasn't that funny except for maybe one or two lines, the whole young love thing is great except that this movie should not have been one, and the script was something a ten year old could write. The acting was good but they had hardly anything to work with. How they got such big actors is beyond me except that they all probably wanted to get together for a drink and decided they'd hang out tomorrow by making a stupid movie so they could all laugh about it together later. C'mon guys. Get your head out of your asses and see this piece of forgettable crap for what it really is.

Jul 30 - 02:29 AM

Aramide Olorunyomi

Aramide Olorunyomi

Trenton get over yourself if you don't like it fine but don't get into a twist becase other people have opinons

Jul 30 - 03:28 AM

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