• PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Kenta Fukasaku
    In Theaters:
    Mar 19, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 17, 2008
  • The Weinstein Company

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Under the Same Moon Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Tiptoes the line between tragedy and hope and never loses its balance in its account of life and luck in the US-Mexican borderlands.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio

Story of seperated mother and child doesn't carry much emotional impact. Makes you wonder how much mi madre really cares. Turns into a road drama with the kid headed to Los Angeles. Just couldn't care for the characters. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: C-

December 30, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Under the Same Moon puts a human face on illegal immigration. More than that, it gives it a human heart.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 3.0/5

February 2, 2009
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

Some plot twists and encounters go beyond broad brushstrokes for complex characterizations to make corny seem meaningful. Cast and music add richness beyond the predictable.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 5/10

December 14, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

Its parallel stories of two lost souls seeking each other across geographical divides is never more than one small step away from mawkishness and cliché, and oftentimes less. But as a sociological study, it's fascinating.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2008
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

Patricia Riggen's feature debut proves that the terms crowd-pleaser and social-issue movie can apply to the same film.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2008
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

The argument of Under the Same Moon isn't news to anyone living near the border, but it does present the migrants' problems well and poignantly.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 18, 2008

I did dab my eyes several times as I exited the theater.

Full Review Source: Pajiba

September 10, 2008
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

the type of facile representations offered by the film do little to address the real issues at hand.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

July 30, 2008
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

I could pick apart the simplicities and unlikelinesses and inconsistencies of the overall tale, but that will never trump the enormous lump in my throat I was left with by the film's end.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

June 20, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

This is a sweet, charming movie.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

June 8, 2008
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source

There are only three types of [legal] U.S. citizens in the film: cartoonish rich elitists, drug addicts, and whiny young Chicanos who've shunned their Mexican heritage.

Full Review Source: The Cinema Source | Original Score: B-

June 4, 2008
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

It's a movie guaranteed to leave you at the end with tears in your eyes and a big smile on your face.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 2, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Thoroughly watchable with flashes of inspired filmmaking, and it has a sincerity that, even when wrong headed, cannot be denied.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 30, 2008
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com

A beautifully rendered, unforgettable story of the invincible bond between a mother and son.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 20, 2008
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The film is a romanticized, effectively personal and emotionally heightened story.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

What's stuck with me aren't the film's flaws but the success of its mission: It puts a real human face -- many human faces, in fact -- on a problem that many politicians would prefer to represent with a racist caricature.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2008
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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It's a bit of a guilty pleasure, with its formulas and its sap, but if it can get Lou Dobbs reaching for that Kleenex, it will have done its job.

Full Review Source: Film.com

April 13, 2008
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

If a few scenes are a bit stiff, some of the cast a little too telenovela photogenic, the leads' stubborn, yearning performances build just enough of a melodrama to soften the film's tough realism and earn a hopeful ending.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

April 11, 2008
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

The critic in me found plenty of nits to pick with Under the Same Moon. The sentimentalist, though, was ready to blubber.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2008
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