Moonstruck (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Moonstruck (1987)



Critic Consensus: Led by energetic performances from Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck is an exuberantly funny tribute to love and one of the decade's most appealing comedies.

Movie Info

When there's a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen, and everything happens in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini (Cher) lives. First, Loretta agrees to marry a man she does not love, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello), simply because he knows how to propose properly. Before the wedding can take place, Cammareri must visit his dying mother in Sicily. In his absence, Loretta is supposed to try to patch up the differences between Johnny and his brother, bakery operator Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage). Having never forgiven Johnny for indirectly causing the accident that crippled him, Ronny flies into a rage whenever his brother's name is mentioned. He does, however, fall for Loretta like a ton of bricks. After a torrid affair, Loretta tries to avoid Ronny out of respect to Johnny, but he's just too fascinating to resist. Meanwhile, Loretta's father (Vincent Gardenia) is fooling around with his mistress Mona (Anita Gillette), while Loretta's mother (Olympia Dukakis) is wooed by a college professor (John Mahoney). These brief flings are forgiven and forgotten, but there's still the delicate situation of Loretta being in love with her future brother-in-law. A now-classic romantic comedy, Moonstruck won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis, and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Patrick Shanley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 1998
MGM Home Entertainment


as Loretta Castorini
Nicolas Cage
as Ronny Cammareri
Olympia Dukakis
as Rose Castorini
Vincent Gardenia
as Cosmo Castorini
Danny Aiello
as Johnny Cammareri
Julie Bovasso
as Rita Cappomaggi
Louis Guss
as Raymond Cappomaggi
Joe Grifasi
as Shy Waiter
Amy Aquino
as Bonnie
Tony Azito
as Cortie
Frank Gio
as Florist
Lisa Howard
as Patricia
Tommy Hollis
as Parking Attendant
Matt Myers
as Cab Driver
Mimi Cecchini
as Old Woman
Catherine Scorsese
as Customer at Bakery
Max Raven
as Angry Passenger
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Critic Reviews for Moonstruck

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (14)

This is a movie that makes you want to sing "Boheme" and walk in the moonlight and move to Brooklyn.

Full Review… | December 15, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

You will not easily forget this incredibly robust family.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

An American movie with foreign-film sensibilities, Moonstruck's depths come from their perfect balance of writing and direction.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It isn't great art -- it`s too closely concentrated on immediate emotional effect for that -- but it is highly sophisticated craftsmanship.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

There's an old-fashioned romanticism about the picture, a sweet, gentle approach to love and family life. But this is kept from seeming sappy by the picture's tough-minded, almost abrasive sense of humor.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Charming if erratic, Moonstruck is the unlikely marriage of undershirt-in- kitchen naturalism and urbane drawing-room farce.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Moonstruck

Good movie about a realistic family, although I'm surprised that both Cher and Olympia Dukakis won Academy awards.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Rose: Do you love him, Loretta?
Loretta Castorini: Aw, ma, I love him awful.
Rose: Oh, God, that's too bad.

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

nice romantic comedy

♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer

Moonstruck Quotes

Loretta Castorini: It's temporary!
Cosmo Castorini: Everything is temporary!
– Submitted by Gail S (2 months ago)
Loretta Castorini: Where are you taking me?
Ronny Cammareri: To the bed.
– Submitted by Rachel W (16 months ago)
Loretta Castorini: Snap out of it!
– Submitted by Dutch E (3 years ago)
Ronny Cammareri: Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn't know this either, but love don't make things nice - it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and *die*. The storybooks are *bullshit*. Now I want you to come upstairs with me and *get* in my bed!
– Submitted by Maureen M (4 years ago)

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