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A Walk on the Moon

A Walk on the Moon (1999)

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71

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon is a wonderfully realized, nostalgic (if you are as old as I am) melodrama set during the summer of 1969. It is a time of change across America--sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll--and a historic year in the space program, but not everything is in upheaval. Pearl Katrowitz, a thirty-year-old Brooklyn housewife (Diane Lane), is spending the summer, as she has for the last decade, at Dr. Fleigel's Bungalow Colony in the Catskills. Along with her daughter, son, and

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Drama, Romance

Pamela Gray

Oct 2, 2001

Miramax

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (10) | DVD (4)

Mortensen as Lane's clandestine love interest is nothing but a symbol of beauty and freedom.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Romance novel material, albeit it gussied up in a handsome, well-made package.

December 20, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Beautiful performances!

March 22, 2004
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

How many films are about a woman's sexual awakening? A film that puts a woman's desire before family without offering a moral judgment or offering a male fantasy?

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

would make a fine companion piece to Ang Lee's 'The Ice Storm,' another tale of unhappy people trying to find themselves -- or lose themselves -- in other people's beds.

July 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Actor Tony Goldwyn makes a striking directorial debut with the deeply nostalgic, truly heartwarming A Walk on the Moon.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A beautifully acted drama about infidelity in the summer of 1969 when astronauts landed on the moon and the counterculture celebrated sexual liberation at Woodstock.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The acting was convincing and the story had a nice feel to it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unmistakably feels like a rough cut of a possibly good movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

A quiet, meditative portrait of marital indecision.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

A warmhearted treat, full of small pleasures and nicely observed detail

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Audience Reviews for A Walk on the Moon

an unexpected gem with a typically outstanding performance from Diane Lane.
April 4, 2007
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "A Walk on the Moon", it is 1969 and Pearl(Diane Lane) and Marty Kantrowitz(Liev Schrieber), their children, Allison(Anna Paquin) and Daniel(Bobby Boniello), and Marty's mother(Tovah Feldshuh), are vacationing in the Catskills where they spend every summer. Marty who works as a television repairman tries to make it up there every weekend from New York City but cannot one time due to overwhelming demand at his shop in the days leading up to the moon landing. Left to her own devices, Pearl seeks the company of Walker(Viggo Mortensen), the handsome new blouse man...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"A Walk on the Moon" is a facile and one-sided take on such overly familiar themes as infidelity and thwarted dreams that wastes a very fine cast in the bargain. The only reason for setting the movie in 1969 is as a reaction against the personal and political liberation of the time. On the one hand, it dives head first into the cliches of the time(Woodstock but it does get points for mentioning the Mets) but also thankfully points out that not everybody back then were hippies.(My parents certainly were not, even if I am.)[/font]
January 30, 2007
Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

This movie is about a woman who has second thoughts about her married life when she meets a handsome t-shirt salesman. A Walk on the Moon is a great movie which touches a lot of morality subjects that are super relevant to our society today. Today there are too many adult people acting like teenagers and letting themselves get sucked in to the vortex of the irresponsible and untied life. A part of maturing is realizing that you can't do whatever you want whenever you feel like it, you have to consider the people around you when you're making important decisions and you must not be reckless. I think this movie teaches some great lessons about immaturity and loyalty. It teaches about responsibilities and what happens if you abuse the responsibility you have. I love Liev Schreiber and Viggo Mortensen, and they're really bringing the best to this movie.
April 15, 2012
Naughtia
Naughtia Nahazhina

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