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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Newcomer Witherspoon manages to strike exactly the right note as the tomboy on the verge of womanhood while Waterston works on several levels at once.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The heart-warming tone steadily becomes overheated.
Mark Pfeiffer
TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
March 31, 2005
Mulligan uses a delicate touch in revealing the confusion in growing up and the loss in discovering that the world isn't as simple or perfect as children believe it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
January 24, 2005
Beautifully filmed, with Mulligan's special gifts for depicting country life and the South.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Gets an outstandingly natural performance out of Miss Witherspoon, who has no trouble carrying a lot of the film single-handedly. It falls to her to remind the audience that this story is at heart about a family, and she does.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 15, 2003
Tender and touching film about two sisters whose close relationship is tested by the joy of love and the pain of grief.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
"The Man in the Moon" doesn't break anything, but it does know a thing or two about first love and friendship. A small gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"a drama that lingers on in the memory"
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
"The Man in the Moon" is a wonderful movie, but it is more than that, it is a victory of tone and mood. It is like a poem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
"The Man in the Moon" is an intimate, sentimental coming-of-age drama, a sweet little puppy love movie crushed by the enormity of its tragic twists.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
This cast is a knock-out. As the parents, veterans Sam Waterston, Tess Harper and Gail Strickland lead these novice teen actors in setting standards that these young performers will spend the rest of their careers trying to emulate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A touching, sweet-natured coming-of-age story set in a more innocent time, "The Man in the Moon" boasts sensitive direction and superb performances, even when the script occasionally falters.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Robert Mulligan directs this story with all the sensitivity he can muster. And sensitivity is certainly what the plot needs, since it is perilously close to being a trashy Southern passions sort of melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Self-contained in its own simplicity
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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
May 28, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 2, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 22, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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