Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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

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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 Features
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PG-13 (for sexual content and smoking)
Genre:
Comedy
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Box Office:
$45,507,865.00
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Cast

Bruce Willis
as Captain Sharp
Bill Murray
as Mr. Bishop
Tilda Swinton
as Social Services
Frances McDormand
as Mrs. Bishop
Jason Schwartzman
as Cousin Ben
Edward Norton
as Scout Master Ward
Harvey Keitel
as Commander Pierce
Bob Balaban
as The Narrator
Larry Pine
as Mr. Billingsley
Rob Campbell
as Deluca
Tommy Nelson
as Nickleby
Kevin DeCoste
as Morse Code Khaki Scout
LJ Foley
as Izod
Carolyn Pickman
as Mrs. Lynn
Lucas Hedges
as Redford
Michael Malvesti
as B-B-Q Khaki Scout
Jake Ryan
as Lionel
John Peet
as Junior Khaki Scout Master
Rich Conant
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Jordan Puzzo
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Charlie Kilgore
as Lazy-Eye
Andreas Sheikh
as Panagle
Gabriel Rush
as Skotak
Tanner Flood
as Murray
Liz Callahan
as Mrs. Billingsley
Christine Noel
as Noah's Wife
Caris Yeoman
as Curlew
Tyler Metivier
as Bugle Khaki Scout
Cooper Murray
as Indian Chief Khaki Scout
Coledyn Garrow
as Trampoline Khaki Scout
Ben Haffner
as Archery Khaki Scout
Johnathon Deneault
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Jack TeJean Hartman
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Preston Hatch
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Alex Milne
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Roman Keitel
as Acolyte's Assistant
Derek Sardella
as Pigeon Scout
Eric Chase Anderson
as Secretary McIntire
Steve Smith
as Weather Man
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All Critics (233) | 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

Most of Wes Anderson's previous pictures came from the head; Moonrise Kingdom is one from the heart.

Full Review… | June 20, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Anderson never loses his core themes - young love, the need to escape, the bind and bluster of family. His "Kingdom" may not be large, but it is perfectly appointed.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

Phonies may complain that Anderson's island of misfit toys is a retreat from the real world, but for pure-hearted adventurers who share the secret map, "Moonrise Kingdom" is a joy that cannot be eclipsed.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Though undeniably smart and charming, "Moonrise Kingdom" loves itself the way the callow Holden Caulfield loves himself: unconditionally. Salinger understood the problem with that. Anderson may not.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Newsday
Top Critic

"Moonrise Kingdom" takes place in a world where everything seems pleasantly faded, where people read crackly-covered library books rather than e-books, and where young people are allowed to be genuinely innocent.

June 7, 2012
Seattle Times
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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
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

½

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

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