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

Moonrise Kingdom Reviews

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Erick Weber
August 24, 2012

It's a collection of cockeyed ideas compressed into a narrative that's utterly devoid of any actual attachment.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
June 21, 2012

Wes Anderson's films are stylistic carbon copies of each other, merely swapping out storylines and characters. It's like going to a bunch of different restaurants and ordering the exact same meal -- you walk in knowing what you're going to get.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 8, 2012

Wes Anderson, at 43, is still grappling with adolescence.

Edward Douglas
May 16, 2012

Anderson throws so much non-sensical stuff at the weaker-than-normal script that Moonrise Kingdom feels like a giant waste of money and a caché of squandered talent.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jim Schembri
September 7, 2012

The reputation of Wes Anderson as one of America's most consistently over-rated directors gets another boost with his latest exercise in stylistic posturing and forced whimsy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
July 6, 2012

Intermittently amusing, distinctive, not always easy to digest

Kurt Loder
Reason Online
May 25, 2012

Those who find the director's work flawed by preciousness, however, may grow impatient well before the movie reaches the 90-minute mark.

Jackie K. Cooper
December 12, 2012

Another quirky comedy from Wes Anderson who is an acquired taste I have not acquired.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Dustin Putman
May 31, 2012

Has individual moments that are alluring to the eyes, but like the aforementioned dollhouse where Suzy lives, take a closer look inside and it becomes obvious how artificial all the parts are.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
May 25, 2012

I really wanted to like this film. I respect Wes Anderson and his distinctive voice as a writer-director ('Rushmore' is one of my favorite films of the 1990s), but this latest endeavor is so precious and self-aware that it nearly smothers itself.

Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
June 8, 2012

More unbearable Anderson whimsy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephanie Zacharek
May 24, 2012

For all the movie's technical meticulousness, the storytelling still has a wiggly-waggly quality, like a dangly loose tooth.

Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Rex Reed
New York Observer
Top Critic
May 31, 2012

Like all Wes Anderson movies, it is naïve, mannered, pretentious and incomprehensible.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Katherine Monk
August 3, 2013

Wes Anderson remains trapped in the aquarium of his own imagination.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 24, 2013

Anderson delivers a magnificent blend of artistry, humor and emotional resonance.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013

It's Wes Anderson's dollhouse as a home for wayward boys. Turns out, it's a safe place for adults to hide as well.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013

Wes Anderson's darkest movie yet retains his whimsical sense of humour and Fantastic Mr Fox-styled absurdity.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
November 21, 2012

Films that can charm kids and adults in equal measure are rare. This is one of them.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012

If you can fully get on Anderson's wavelength you may find this film transportive. I, however, thought it was far too quaint.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom is a totally charming and enchanting piece of work from director Wes Anderson, who along with a great cast provide one of the delights of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
March 11, 2014

Just when you think the story might suffocate in pastel post-modern twee-dom, Anderson will add a a bold stroke of dark comedy or blunt violence.

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