The Secret of Moonacre


The Secret of Moonacre

Critics Consensus

Despite impressive production values, this is staid, plodding and unimpressive fantasy-fare, with poor performances struggling with an underdeveloped script.



Total Count: 22


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When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn't know she had, at the mysterious Moonacre Manor. Soon Maria finds herself in a crumbling moonlit world torn apart by the hatred of an ancient feud with the dark and sinister De Noir family. Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and, guided by an unlikely mix of allies, she must overcome her family's pride in order to unearth the secrets of the past before the 5000th moon rises.


Dakota Blue Richards
as Maria Merryweather
Tim Curry
as Coeur de Noir/Sir William de Noir
Ioan Gruffudd
as Sir Benjamin Merryweather/Sir Wrolf Merryweather
Juliet Stevenson
as Miss Heliotrope
Augustus Prew
as Robin de Noir
Natascha McElhone
as Loveday/Moon Princess
Andy Linden
as Marmaduke Scarlet
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Critic Reviews for The Secret of Moonacre

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Audience Reviews for The Secret of Moonacre

  • Nov 26, 2009
    It's just a kiddie movie that's an absolute borer. It just didn't connect to me first time I saw it. And the movie failed to distinguish itself from comedy, fantasy, or a combination of both.
    quentin t Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2009
    film very much like the narnia films and especially golden cumpass, even the lead girl in that turns up her as the girl, going to stay with her uncle,who discovers a family secret, from the past involving magic and monsters, not as entertaining as those films but it has its moments and goodto seeioan gruffurd playing to adegree a unlikeable charactor
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2009
    Despite the magical premise, incredible cast, stunning costumes, sets and landscape, this film failed to excite any interest in me whatsoever. There was nothing particularly wrong with it, but I think it was the lack of enthusiasm from the cast; if they weren't especially bothered, then why should we be?
    Sarah B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2009
    An old-worldly adventure story (see <i>The Princess Bride/Inkheart/Chronicles of Narnia</i> etc) though less entertaining than some of the others I have seen. For adults watching this - nice costumes/sets but you're likely to find the plot too predictable. Lots of fun for the kids though I'm sure.
    &#9829; Chani L Super Reviewer

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