Closer To The Moon Reviews

May 20, 2016
All the major facts of Moon are historically accurate, but the reasons behind the events remain a bit murky. However, Caranfil's speculations are more than persuasive.
November 12, 2015
It's always a pleasure to see Mark Strong in a lead role -- too often he's wasted as baddies and bosses. In Closer to the Moon he gets his most interesting part in a while.
November 12, 2015
The story is so quintessentially Romanian, it had better been made in Romanian, with Romanian actors.
November 12, 2015
Caranfil's unlikely, odd little film is quietly moving - all the more so because it is true.
November 9, 2015
It has some moments that effectively convey the weirdness with which it deals; but for the most part it's a missed opportunity, marred by a lack of narrative conviction and tonal cohesion.
April 24, 2015
Closer to the Moon is an unremarkable reenactment of a remarkable story.
April 20, 2015
A provocative, darkly comedic, absurdist drama - based on a true story.
April 19, 2015
Although based on a true story, 'Closer to the Moon' comes across on screen as artificial and befuddling. However, quality production values make it easy on the eyes.
April 17, 2015
There are a lot of moving moments in this film, and it's to writer-director Nae Caranfil's credit that he's able to tease out the logic in this mostly enjoyable, if a little all-over-the-place, dark comedy.
April 16, 2015
"Closer to the Moon" draws on many of the same facts that appear in "The Great Communist Bank Robbery," but in the service of a less adventurous movie with familiar Western actors, English-language dialogue and badly strained uplift.
April 15, 2015
Caranfil, who's made several previous features in Romanian, struggles throughout to find the right tone, mostly in vain.
Top Critic
April 15, 2015
From Romania, of all places, comes a breath of fresh air, far above the usual action film Hollywood keeps churning out with pointless abandon.
April 12, 2015
Writer-director Nae Caranfil oddly forgoes the abundant elegiac aspects of his film's factual material for a tone approaching the ebullient.