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Moonstruck (1987)

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92

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 4

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.

92

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 1

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.

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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

PG,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

John Patrick Shanley

Jun 30, 1998

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (4) | DVD (14)

You will not easily forget this incredibly robust family.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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An American movie with foreign-film sensibilities, Moonstruck's depths come from their perfect balance of writing and direction.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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It isn't great art -- it`s too closely concentrated on immediate emotional effect for that -- but it is highly sophisticated craftsmanship.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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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.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Charming if erratic, Moonstruck is the unlikely marriage of undershirt-in- kitchen naturalism and urbane drawing-room farce.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Norman Jewison's tiramisu-sweet romantic comedy is passionate and profound.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Cher is simply wonderful, and the teaming with Cage an inspiration. The rest of the cast couldn't be better.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

No resistance could overcome the overfamiliarity of the situations in Moonstruck, the corniness of its dramaturgy or the banality of its message.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Cher and Nicolas Cage have a ball in this ethnic comedy of manners, and there are moments of pure magic when moonlight does its romantic work.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

This charming comedy show [Cher] at her warm and supple best.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It's sweet and harmless and very well meaning.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

For all the emphasis on its leads, Moonstruck is a brilliantly cast ensemble piece and two smaller supporting roles deserve a special mention.

March 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Wears its off-balance as a badge of pride. [Blu-ray]

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A superior romantic comedy, with more than a touch of grace and warmth, and without resorting to the usual stupid romantic comedy clichés.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Norman Jewison's romantic comedy is likeable and amusing, featuring Oscar-winning turns from Cher and Olympia Dukakis

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

'80s romcom has mature themes; may not interest kids.

September 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A shamelessly exuberant affair in which love touches the young, the hurt and the middle-aged.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A wholesome, filling glimpse at what happens when people rediscover their appetite for love.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Moonstruck

Rose: Do you love him, Loretta?
Loretta Castorini: Aw, ma, I love him awful.
Rose: Oh, God, that's too bad.
March 7, 2011
DrZeek

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*humph* this Movie is somehow boring.
December 11, 2009
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    1. Loretta Castorini: Snap out of it!
    – Submitted by Dutch E (17 months ago)
    1. 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 (2 years ago)
    1. Rose Castorini: Old man, you give those dogs another piece of my food and I'm gonna kick you 'til you're dead!
    – Submitted by Mauricio R (3 years ago)
    1. Cosmo Castorini: Rose. Rose. Rose. Rose!
    2. Loretta Castorini: Who's dead?
    3. Cosmo Castorini: Nobody. Rose's getting married.
    4. Loretta Castorini: Again?
    – Submitted by Mauricio R (3 years ago)
    1. Rose Castorini: Do you love him, Loretta?
    2. Loretta Castorini: No.
    3. Rose Castorini: Good. When you love 'em, they drive you crazy. 'Cause they know they can.
    – Submitted by Mauricio R (3 years ago)
    1. Loretta Castorini: Snap out of it!
    – Submitted by Neptune F (3 years ago)
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