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Moon Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
Rockwell's certainly up for the challenge of playing multiple roles, but ultimately, he's just yammering to himself. This movie has half an idea and, and the end, tries to convince you it had seven.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 9, 2009
For a 'paranoid thriller' to work, the paranoia has to rise and rise until a climax at the finale, not give away the game halfway in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Hammond
June 11, 2009
It feels like a "moon" trip we've taken before in better films but Sam Rockwell is brilliant in a tour-de-force performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2009
As the two Sams struggle to find their humanity, the film struggles to find entertainment within the esoteric. While they're trying to figure it out, we're left stranded on the dark side of the moon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 2, 2009
An interesting idea goes astray in this unusual sci-fi thriller in which Sam Rockwell's astronaut Sam becomes captive in the recesses of his own mind.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 2, 2009
The filmmakers say they wanted to make a sci-fi story within their limited budget, so used ingredients that would satisfy both. Sadly, the screenplay is a bit low on other things as well, like meaningful content.
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Bob Mondello
July 6, 2010
Start calculating the costs to Lunar Industries of its singular form of devaluing, and Moon's central premise stops making sense.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 17, 2009
Psychedelic sci-fi? Glam rock goes off-world? No: wordy and overwrought like a radio play in space.
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
July 10, 2009
Storywise, Moon fails to live up to the promise of its premise. There's plenty of atmosphere, but little gravity.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 11, 2009
...either an over-extended or under developed treatment of a good idea. There's not enough there there to make "Moon" an exceptional genre piece.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeremy Heilman
June 15, 2009
Jones is a methodical filmmaker, and he conveys his plot without mucking it up too terribly, but he's also dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 48/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 12, 2009
It never quite passes the test as entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 10, 2009
Impressively pulled together on a modest budget, Moon has a strong lead and a valid philosophical premise but, despite Bell's fissured psyche, the drama is inert. Ground control to Major Tom: Moon orbits an idea, but it doesn't go anywhere.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 19, 2009
As a piece of entertainment, Moon is a failed experiment. Yet though it never becomes enjoyable or gets even within hailing distance of fun, it has some interesting ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Cabin
June 11, 2009
By film's end, it feels like you've been talking to the same robot as always.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
October 8, 2009
By halfway the film starts to feel like a mere exercise, one more effort to get maximum value from limited resources. Too much machinery, not enough dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victor Olliver
July 16, 2009
Not even the marvellous Sam Rockwell (all two or more of him) can quite make up for the lack of dramatic impetus. You watch it and you keep thinking: Oh no, I can't cope with all this acting!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 11, 2009
An intellectual sci-fi tale that unabashedly takes its inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Unfortunately, it resembles the Kubrick masterpiece less than an episode of The Outer Limits.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 19, 2009
It just may be the most boring movie ever made -- period.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Dennis Harvey
December 16, 2009
Moon actually gets a little dull in the later reels, just when it should be peaking in mystery and tension.
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