Moonlight Mile Reviews

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June 24, 2006
With a relentless playlist of rock stand-bys, the film careers between jaunty and maudlin.
March 25, 2003
Donnie Brighto is what they should have called this feeble, sucrose emotional drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
February 18, 2003
An honestly intimate and genuinely funny account of bereavement.
November 4, 2002
An awfully good, achingly human picture.
October 4, 2002
A combination of good story, nice moments and appealing texture.
October 4, 2002
The film isn't very likable.
October 4, 2002
It's too quirky, too scripted, too ... well, like a movie.
October 4, 2002
A gem of a movie.
October 4, 2002
Despite all the expert acting that goes into it, Moonlight Mile finally becomes a militantly soulful exercise. It makes even the most sensitive, tenderhearted viewer feel somehow inadequate. That's not a good feeling.
October 4, 2002
While it is not autobiographical in the strict sense, it is so obviously heartfelt and personally observed that we feel almost as liberated and relieved as Silberling must have felt as this story came pouring out.
October 4, 2002
Rewarding for what it attempts and often achieves.
October 4, 2002
The first half of Moonlight Mile feels like the runaway trailer for a movie that can't wait to jerk your tears. But to quote Joe in a moment of epiphany, there's a 'truth enema' out there, and, boy, it really brings this movie around.
October 4, 2002
Like its New England characters, most of whom wander about in thick clouds of denial, the movie eventually gets around to its real emotional business, striking deep chords of sadness.
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.
October 3, 2002
Mr. Silberling's vision never makes a seamless transfer to the screen.
October 3, 2002
It's a half-a-hankie tearjerker, a meek, polite weepie.
October 3, 2002
A funny/sad family melodrama that is neither as funny nor as sad as it wants to be.
October 3, 2002
The individual parts of the film are much better than the whole. But it's high-minded and worth experiencing for those parts: the performances, the alternately funny or touching scenes.
Top Critic
October 2, 2002
Manipulative and brush-stroked with so much Disney gloss it looks polyurethaned.
September 30, 2002
It's a tremendous piece of work, a real accomplishment for Silberling, and the performances are great.
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