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

David Thomson
The New Republic
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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 Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Most of Wes Anderson's previous pictures came from the head; Moonrise Kingdom is one from the heart.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 4/4

June 21, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Anderson never loses his core themes - young love, the need to escape, the bind and bluster of family. His "Kingdom" may not be large, but it is perfectly appointed.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

June 15, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Phonies may complain that Anderson's island of misfit toys is a retreat from the real world, but for pure-hearted adventurers who share the secret map, "Moonrise Kingdom" is a joy that cannot be eclipsed.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 4/4

June 8, 2012
Rafer Guzman
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 8, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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"Moonrise Kingdom" takes place in a world where everything seems pleasantly faded, where people read crackly-covered library books rather than e-books, and where young people are allowed to be genuinely innocent.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 7, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The latest unadulterated delight from Wes Anderson, director of "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

June 7, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The usual complaints and caveats about Anderson - he's precious, his characters have no grounding in the real world - can be made about Moonrise Kingdom, but so what?

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

June 7, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Anderson and his actors are able to convey more genuine feeling through these devices than most filmmakers can with more-traditional means.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 7, 2012
James Berardinelli
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One knock against some of Anderson's previous efforts is that they're too clever - so clever, in fact, that the humanity gets sucked out of them. That doesn't happen here.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 5, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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Anderson's best feature since Rushmore, in part because, like that film, it takes as its primary subject matter odd, precocious children, rather than the damaged and dissatisfied adults they will one day become.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

June 1, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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There's no denying the extravagant pleasures "Moonrise Kingdom" affords as an erudite wish-fulfillment fantasy of empowerment and autonomy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Last time out, in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson adapted a children's book by Roald Dahl. Now, in Moonrise Kingdom, he's made one of his own.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's an adventure, a love story, a biblical allegory complete with approaching storm, a mash note to composer Benjamin Britten and a profoundly touching discourse on the needs of troubled children.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

May 31, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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"Moonrise Kingdom" is Anderson's seventh movie, and it's the first since "Rushmore" that works from the opening shot to the final image.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

May 31, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's a fable about what it feels like to be 12 years old and afflicted, from head to toe, by a romantic crush the size of a planet.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 31, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Like all Wes Anderson movies, it is naÔve, mannered, pretentious and incomprehensible.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

May 31, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 31, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Wes Anderson's most intimate film since Bottle Rocket (1996) and maybe his most deeply felt overall.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 30, 2012
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
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Hayward and Gilman are newcomers who are asked to carry much of the film and pull it off with lovely understatement and extraordinary believability.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 30, 2012
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
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Its moments of transporting beauty and visual brilliance overcame my growing aversion to Wes Anderson's brand of ultra-stylized archness.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

May 30, 2012
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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We may look back on Anderson's works as we do on the boxes of Joseph Cornell -- formal troves of frippery, studded with nostalgic private jokes, that lodge inexplicably in the heart. In Moonrise Kingdom, that lodging is already under way.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 29, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It makes you nostalgic for the pangs of young love.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

May 25, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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What makes it an Anderson movie are the things he adds which mark all his films - the pop-cultural obsessions and excruciatingly detailed set decorations, overarching thematic concerns and little stylistic tics.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 25, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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I liked this one because of its young performers, the evocative island setting (filmed in Rhode Island), Alexandre Desplat's lovely score and Robert Yeoman's slightly grainy cinematography.

Full Review Source: New York Post

May 25, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The director's best film since 1998's Rushmore, it has none of the self-conscious smugness of The Life Aquatic or the empty eccentricity of The Royal Tenenbaums.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 24, 2012
Dana Stevens
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A gorgeously shot, ingeniously crafted, Łber-Andersonian bonbon that, even in its most irritatingly whimsical moments, remains an effective deliverer of cinematic pleasure.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 24, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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"Moonrise Kingdom" breezes along with a beautifully coordinated admixture of droll humor, deadpan and slapstick.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 24, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Beguiling and endearing...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 24, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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In this tale about growing up and falling in love, it seems Anderson has found his true heart.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The hilarious and heartfelt Moonrise Kingdom is a consistent pleasure. By evoking the joys and terrors of childhood, it reminds us how to be alive.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 24, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
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For all the self-conscious distancing techniques and quirky humor Anderson employs, when he's at his best, his work can be surprising in its disarming emotion.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 9/10

May 24, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Even as Anderson pushes us away, the kids - and a wonderful Willis, as their self-appointed protector - reach out and pull us back in.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Moonrise Kingdom is Anderson's most completely satisfying film since the one-two of Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, in part because it's the perfect distillation of both.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A

May 24, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Anderson hasn't lost his puckishly charming genius for cinema-as-diorama visuals. Yet a lot happens in this film, and not a lot of it matters.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

May 23, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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Moonrise Kingdom is a deeply romantic film, perhaps the sweetest and most compassionate Anderson has ever made.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 23, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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Resembles a novelization of Godard's Pierrot le Fou as conceived by storybook artist Richard Scarry.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

May 23, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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A continuously surprising and delightful adolescent romance set in 1965, in what appears to be a dollhouse.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Its portrait of young love is both mature and defiantly utopian.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 22, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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It's an extraordinary thing, from start to finish.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 5/5

May 22, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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If you love Wes Anderson, you'll love this: The best of what he can do is vibrantly on display.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 21, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It left me bemused instead of moved, but true Andersonites will likely float away in a state of nirvana.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 21, 2012
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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If you hate Wes Anderson, this movie won't change your mind, but believers should be enchanted.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

May 18, 2012
Eric D. Snider
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Terrific work by an enviably talented filmmaker, with a wistful poignance that will stick with you.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A-

May 18, 2012
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Its childishness, sense of innocence and eye for fun all make it a very easy film to love.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

May 17, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Cheers for a Cannes director who has infused his technical mastery with radiant life. In the Museum of the World of Wes Anderson, the dolls are dancing.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 17, 2012
Peter Debruge
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Moonrise Kingdom represents a sort of non-magical Neverland -- that momentous instant when the world can seem so small and a naive crush can feel all-consuming.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 16, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A literate, knowing and sweet-hearted reverie about adolescence, that strange gap between childhood and adulthood. It's beautifully rendered by a filmmaker very much in touch with his inner rebel kid.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

May 16, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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As in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson is able to express sincere personal connection and compatibility while employing a highly artificial style.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 16, 2012
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