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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)



Critic Consensus: Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best.

Movie Info

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl. -- (C) Focus Featuresmore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and smoking)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2012
Box Office: $45.5M
Focus Features - Official Site


Bruce Willis
as Captain Sharp
Edward Norton
as Scout Master Ward
Bill Murray
as Mr. Bishop
Frances McDormand
as Mrs. Bishop
Tilda Swinton
as Social Services
Bob Balaban
as The Narrator
Lucas Hedges
as Redford
Tommy Nelson
as Nickleby
Larry Pine
as Mr. Billingsley
Eric Chase Anderson
as Secretary McIntire
Jake Ryan
as Lionel
Liz Callahan
as Mrs. Billingsley
Christine Noel
as Noah's Wife
John Peet
as Junior Khaki Scout M...
Carolyn Pickman
as Mrs. Lynn
Kevin DeCoste
as Morse Code Khaki Sco...
Harvey Keitel
as Commander Pierce
Tyler Metivier
as Bugle Khaki Scout
Cooper Murray
as Indian Chief Khaki S...
Coledyn Garrow
as Trampoline Khaki Sco...
Ben Haffner
as Archery Khaki Scout
Michael Malvesti
as B-B-Q Khaki Scout
Rich Conant
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Johnathon Deneault
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Jack TeJean Hartman
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Preston Hatch
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Alex Milne
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Jordan Puzzo
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Sc...
Steve Smith
as Weather Man
Roman Keitel
as Acolyte's Assistant
Derek Sardella
as Pigeon Scout
Eric Anderson
as Secretary McIntire
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Critic Reviews for Moonrise Kingdom

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (49)

The film is frequently funny, always elegant (or mock-elegant), and something that would make Humbert Humbert laugh all the way to his asylum.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

This is the work of an auteur - confident, but understated; beautiful, but heartbreaking; intoxicating, but sobering.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016

It's funny, it's playful, it's full of nostalgic blasts and period trappings, but most of all it is loving: accepting of the headstrong kids determined to find their place in the world...

Full Review… | February 12, 2016

The script may be the film's greatest strength: the movie is probably Anderson's most quotable.

Full Review… | October 6, 2015
Under the Radar

Moonrise Kingdom may be a light summer entrée, but it rewards us by serving up a rich romantic fantasy and isn't afraid to share its sweet, beating young heart.

Full Review… | June 24, 2015
Playboy Online

It's Anderson's most carefully constrained, painstakingly overdesigned movie, yet also his most gushing and emotionally accessible.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Audience Reviews for Moonrise Kingdom

I guess that Wes Anderson was probably bored with his toys when he decided to make this movie, out of a lack of anything better to do, for he clearly has nothing to say here and throws everything he can think of (including a great cast) in this pointless, unfunny mess that leads nowhere.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


After a second viewing: I think I was too ready to love this movie. Great cast, great style, and sweet story of young love, but there's also a "same old Wes Anderson" feeling to it; it's almost belaboured. Despite Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, you rarely laugh out loud, and it's almost played too straight: trying to be too sweet.

Anderson makes unique films, and I do like them all, but he may be getting stale. He hasn't blown me away since The Royal Tenenbaums. I have great expectations for The Grand Budapest Hotel, and in a way, I think he needs to knock that one out of the park in order to keep making the kinds of movies he wants to make. I'm starting to see a Tim Burton career parallel, in which he ends up only getting work from Disney. It wouldn't be the worst think in the world, but it would lead to compromises in his films' most valuable aspect: their aesthetic.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Probably my favorite film of the year (and what a good movie year it was!). Director Wes Anderson crafts a film that has a heart as big as its brain, creating a sweet story of adolescent love. It's Anderson's most delightfully quirky, toning down his usual sardonic but keeping the essence of an "Anderson" film. His shots seem compulsively symmetrical, the production design a matter of balance that feels quaint instead of off-putting. I want more tales of Suzy and Sam, but know I shouldn't get any- and that's the mark of a timeless film.

Jason Lalljee
Jason Lalljee

Super Reviewer

Moonrise Kingdom Quotes

Suzy: I think you've still got lightning in you.
– Submitted by Cara H (2 years ago)
Mr. Bishop: My daughter was abducted by one of these beige lunatics!
– Submitted by Rex A (2 years ago)
Suzy: Was he a good dog?
Sam: Who's to say? But he didn't deserve to die.
– Submitted by Rex A (2 years ago)
Scout Master Ward: How's that lanyard coming?
– Submitted by Mike W (2 years ago)

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