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Moonlight Mile Reviews

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James Berardinelli
September 26, 2002
This is an insultingly inept and artificial examination of grief and its impacts upon the relationships of the survivors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 4, 2002
A mix of tragedy and humor interests us in Moonlight Mile for a while, but interest turns to annoyance when we realize there's no substance to back it up.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 14, 2002
The whole film is like the title: it sounds as poetic as all get out but doesn't really say anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
With a relentless playlist of rock stand-bys, the film careers between jaunty and maudlin.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 1, 2002
A sanitized Hollywood treatment of grief.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Cameron Crowe did not write or direct Moonlight Mile, but he may as well have, since the movie feels and looks and most of all sounds like his work. From my point of view, this is not a compliment...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Heilman
September 26, 2002
Since Silberling withholds so much information in [it], he doesn't come any closer to the truth than if he had set hankies in motion with the most melodramatic scenario possible. The film becomes a manipulation of a different, more insidious sort.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 11, 2002
Jack Gyllenhaal's intelligent performance doesn't save this film from being a tidy pile of melodramatic mush, but it at least makes it watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
June 7, 2003
Excessivamente ansioso para provocar as lágrimas do espectador, o roteiro torna-se superficial e maniqueísta, transformando o sofrimento de seus personagens em verdadeira tortura para o público.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Koehler
September 12, 2002
A movie at war with itself -- tuned into its characters' vicissitudes one moment, stumbling with awkward stabs at goofiness the next.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 26, 2002
Glossy, good-looking and well-produced, it affects you and even sometimes moves you, but it doesn't really convincingly connect.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
September 27, 2002
Earnest, sometimes engaging, but it tries way too hard.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 3, 2002
A funny/sad family melodrama that is neither as funny nor as sad as it wants to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 3, 2002
Mr. Silberling's vision never makes a seamless transfer to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 4, 2002
Moonlight Mile treats grief like a new product on the Home Shopping Network, wrapping it in bright packaging, giving it a snappy catchphrase and offering a special deal that's good only for the next two hours.
David Keyes
October 21, 2002
The movie is like a series of vague cliff notes, teasing a much greater story without actually capturing emotion or perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
October 1, 2002
Cranks up the oldies soundtrack and embraces narrative contrivance like there will be no tomorrow, as if the concept of death is nothing more than a feel-good exercise in smiley primetime enlightenment.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Adam Nayman
October 2, 2002
Silberling can't resist stretching this initially affecting story past its breaking point, resulting in a pat, predictable drama with the emotional depth of a TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Turner
February 22, 2003
Well-acted by its impressive cast, but ultimately very slow to the point of being boring and unengaging -- still, it's a treat to see Hoffman onscreen again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Fazio
October 1, 2002
Sarandon, Hoffman and the still-emerging Gyllenhall all deliver great performances, but this sad-sack flick falls short of its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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