• 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

David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 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
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a warm drama that humanizes Americas current illegal immigration debate even as it sentimentally stacks the deck in favor of the undocumented.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

April 9, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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The performances -- and the movie's sideways glance at the culture of illegal immigrants, including a funny song about Superman ('He has no social security and no green card') -- give the movie its nicely controlled vitality.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2008
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Under the Same Moon combines all the elements of an old-fashioned tear-jerker with the low-key, low-budget intelligence of a carefully crafted indie film.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The strong final third counterbalances the weaknesses of the first half.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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An endearingly sweet fable about a hotly debated subject.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) is the nightmare Lou Dobbs has when he goes to sleep at night.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A story that's too cute, too corny and too contrived.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2008
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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If Under the Same Moon is formula melodrama, the film is well acted and its lead character perceptively drawn.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2008
Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Under the Same Moon, despite some mature themes, is fine family entertainment. It is a crowd pleaser in the best sense of the word, compelling, humorous and profoundly moving.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 3, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I thought we had some really fine performances here.

March 24, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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It has the feel of truth and is a vivid reminder of the hell Mexicans put themselves through to live in the United States, even illegally.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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You may be pleasantly surprised by how affected you are by the small kindnesses the boy finds... And you may be absolutely shocked at how moved you are when finally, gratefully, Carlitos' journey comes to a joyful end.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Director Patricia Riggen's film mostly succeeds, despite a sometimes maudlin story that seems to bring multiple dangers a day to its young hero.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Does anybody seriously believe that mother and son will not reunite in the end? It's only a question of how, not if.

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

March 21, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Much of the plotting is schematic, and some of the moments meant to tug our heartstrings clearly flow from the melodramatic telenovela form. Yet the scheme transcends itself in surprising ways. Love conquers lots, while the kid conquers the rest.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 21, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Your enjoyment of this picaresque tearjerker may depend on how much you can tolerate its shameless contrivances and didactic social realism, whereby the story exists only to illustrate the plight of illegal aliens.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 21, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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This largely Spanish-language film brings on the waterworks because its core story is undeniably affecting. The whole movie, however, would be more convincing if the elements around that vital core were more multidimensional and less contrived.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 21, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Under the Same Moon is a heartfelt story of unquenchable hope, with the plight of illegal immigrants serving as an intriguing and timely backdrop.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

March 20, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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What does it say about a film when you believe only parts of the journey, yet are moved by the arrival?

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 20, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Thanks to the uncommonly shrewd judgment of screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos and director Patricia Riggen, both newcomers, Under the Same Moon never feels like rank exploitation, even as it steadily aims for the emotional jugular.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 20, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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An enjoyable story of hope and resilience, buoyed by the performances of Kate del Castillo as Rosario, the mom, and Adrian Alonso as Carlitos, her son.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 20, 2008
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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A drama of mother-son love that lunges for the heart from its pulsating curtain raiser to its leap-for-joy fade out.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

March 20, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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A parade of cheap shots designed to provoke knee-jerk reactions; only a montage of puppies being slaughtered would be more manipulative.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

March 20, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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[An] overly sentimental drama, which -- although sweetly well-intentioned -- is stereotypical and overwrought.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 19, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Directed, with visible earnestness, by Patricia Riggen, Under the Same Moon blunts the hard edges of immigration with a thick coating of preciousness.

| Original Score: 2/5

March 19, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Before you can say, 'Wow, that sounds boring,' director Patricia Riggen has smuggled us, with no-bull authority, into the rituals, jokes, and survival games of a culture of half-existence: people who live in two places and nowhere at all.

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

March 19, 2008
Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
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The magical glow makes it easier to address some heart-rending themes that might be too disturbing if told in a more straightforward manner.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: B

March 19, 2008
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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The film's destination feels overdetermined despite its sweetness.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 18, 2008
Justin Chang
Variety
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Manipulative storytelling and overly simplistic handling of a divisive issue.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2007
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