Moonrise Kingdom Reviews

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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
The film is frequently funny, always elegant (or mock-elegant), and something that would make Humbert Humbert laugh all the way to his asylum.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 21, 2012
Most of Wes Anderson's previous pictures came from the head; Moonrise Kingdom is one from the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 7, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 7, 2012
The latest unadulterated delight from Wes Anderson, director of "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 7, 2012
Anderson and his actors are able to convey more genuine feeling through these devices than most filmmakers can with more-traditional means.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 1, 2012
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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 1, 2012
There's no denying the extravagant pleasures "Moonrise Kingdom" affords as an erudite wish-fulfillment fantasy of empowerment and autonomy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
May 31, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 31, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 31, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 31, 2012
Like all Wes Anderson movies, it is nave, mannered, pretentious and incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 31, 2012
Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2012
Wes Anderson's most intimate film since Bottle Rocket (1996) and maybe his most deeply felt overall.
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
May 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
May 30, 2012
Its moments of transporting beauty and visual brilliance overcame my growing aversion to Wes Anderson's brand of ultra-stylized archness.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 29, 2012
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 25, 2012
It makes you nostalgic for the pangs of young love.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 25, 2012
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 24, 2012
A gorgeously shot, ingeniously crafted, ber-Andersonian bonbon that, even in its most irritatingly whimsical moments, remains an effective deliverer of cinematic pleasure.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 24, 2012
"Moonrise Kingdom" breezes along with a beautifully coordinated admixture of droll humor, deadpan and slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 24, 2012
Beguiling and endearing...
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2012
In this tale about growing up and falling in love, it seems Anderson has found his true heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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May 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 9/10
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: A
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 23, 2012
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 | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 23, 2012
Moonrise Kingdom is a deeply romantic film, perhaps the sweetest and most compassionate Anderson has ever made.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 23, 2012
Resembles a novelization of Godard's Pierrot le Fou as conceived by storybook artist Richard Scarry.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 22, 2012
A continuously surprising and delightful adolescent romance set in 1965, in what appears to be a dollhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
May 22, 2012
Its portrait of young love is both mature and defiantly utopian.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 22, 2012
It's an extraordinary thing, from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 21, 2012
If you love Wes Anderson, you'll love this: The best of what he can do is vibrantly on display.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 21, 2012
It left me bemused instead of moved, but true Andersonites will likely float away in a state of nirvana.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 18, 2012
If you hate Wes Anderson, this movie won't change your mind, but believers should be enchanted.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 18, 2012
Terrific work by an enviably talented filmmaker, with a wistful poignance that will stick with you.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 17, 2012
Its childishness, sense of innocence and eye for fun all make it a very easy film to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 17, 2012
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.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
May 16, 2012
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 16, 2012
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 16, 2012
As in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson is able to express sincere personal connection and compatibility while employing a highly artificial style.