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Moon Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
July 6, 2010
Start calculating the costs to Lunar Industries of its singular form of devaluing, and Moon's central premise stops making sense.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2009
A well-assembled sci-fi thriller.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
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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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 8, 2009
An eccentric sci-fi which cleverly deconstructs the mythology of the Star Treks and Star Wars which have colonised the future of our imaginations with their glamour, self-importance and operatic sound tracks.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 17, 2009
The film is not entirely logical, but it raises pleasing questions and looks beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 10, 2009
Most contemporary sci-fi movies come on with all CGI-guns blazing, trying to blow the roof off the theater. Moon settles for trying to blow your mind instead.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 10, 2009
This eerie drama harks back to sci-fi movies of the late 60s and early 70s that explored inner as well as outer 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.
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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
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 9, 2009
Ultimately, Moon isn't quite the transcendent experience that it clearly strives to be. But as ambitious science fiction, it achieves liftoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 3, 2009
Moon is first-rate science fiction, tackling such issues as identity, individuality and the effects of isolation on the psyche and the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
July 3, 2009
Watching Moon is kind of like seeing a booster rocket thrust seventies' sci-fi films deeper into orbit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 3, 2009
Directed with a sure hand by Duncan Jones, Moon is the anti-Transformers, a science fiction tale that owes as much to fiction as to science.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
July 3, 2009
With its artful use of old-school miniatures rather than computer graphics, Moon engages the eye as much as the mind. Here's a canny director who doesn't let technical prowess overwhelm his sure, resourceful sense of human drama and character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 3, 2009
The under-appreciated Rockwell finally gets a leading role -- make that roles -- worthy of his considerable talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 2, 2009
In the end, Moon raises disturbing ethical questions about science and bioengineering, but it's the emotional questions the film poses -- about memory, about family, about identity -- that really resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 2, 2009
Moon is closer to what die-hards expect when they hear the term 'sci-fi,' and its existence reminds us that serious movies within this genre are not dead -- they're just hiding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 18, 2009
Written and directed by the first-time director Duncan Jones, Moon devotes itself to the mystery of the multiplying Sams. It's a modest, melancholic undertaking, and a little virtuous, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 18, 2009
Moon is a superior example of that threatened genre, hard science-fiction, which is often about the interface between humans and alien intelligence of one kind of or other, including digital.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
June 15, 2009
This is a deep and inventive exploration into the human psyche, made believable thanks to a wonderful performance from Rockwell.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
June 15, 2009
Very inventive.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 12, 2009
Though we love pretentious grand sci-fi, this film feels kind of thin, just a corporate scandal-philosoph'cal show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 12, 2009
Mr. Rockwell gives a brilliant performance, the physical production is impressive and Moon made me think.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 12, 2009
The film's ideas are interesting, but don't feel entirely worked out, and Mr. Rockwell's intriguingly strange performance (or performances) is left suspended, without the context that would give Sam's plight its full emotional and philosophical impact.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 11, 2009
An intelligent, evocative and deceptively low-key sci-fi adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 11, 2009
Director Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie), working from a script by Nathan Parker, pulls off sci-fi miracles on a $5 million shoestring. Moon is a potent provocation that relies on ideas instead of computer tricks to stir up excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 11, 2009
Why don't we see movies this mesmerizing more often?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
June 11, 2009
This is Rockwell's movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 11, 2009
Moon is enjoyable as much for its small scale and solid execution as for its crazy twists and creeping existential dread.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 10, 2009
Moon is the first feature to be directed by Duncan Jones, who is David Bowie's son, and he brings it a grimy industrial look, as well as witty touches like giving Gerty a smiley-face screen that changes expression in tandem with Spacey's voice.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
June 10, 2009
The whole film feels like a throwback to classic sci-fi films (think 2001, Blade Runner), days that didn't rely so much on CGI but on good old-fashioned and clammy human panic.
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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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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 9, 2009
Moon does something extraordinary: It seems familiar and derivative, yet upends your expectations about science fiction and surprises you over and over.