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Under the Cherry Moon Reviews

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Jason Bailey
October 15, 2016
It's strange that so few critics seemed to understand that it's a silly film, purposefully so, and tried to use their prose to laugh at it - as if Prince weren't laughing way ahead of them. He was TELLING the joke.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 8, 2016
The final stretch is grueling, but the majority is average rather than awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Asch
Brooklyn Magazine
April 26, 2016
An inspired, delightful piece of cinema-pure cloudcuckooland escapism, and very much of a piece with Prince's genius.
Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News
April 22, 2016
Word leaked out a few weeks ago that Under the Cherry Moon was something of a stinker. Horsefeathers! It's unique, by far the boldest film of the summer.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
April 22, 2016
Like Elvis Presley, Prince has the charisma to carry an atrocious movie-real fans just want to see him-but even Elvis never got so carried away with himself that he thought he could direct.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
April 22, 2016
Cherry Moon had some potential as a cultish Trading Places. But it drowns in its pretenses. No doubt, Prince fancies himself an auteur in his directing debut. But he has no restraint, no true vision. It's as if we've all been mooned.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 22, 2016
The music is great, the direction fast-paced, the whole film a lot of fun.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 2016
In Under the Cherry Moon, Prince does more for movie musicals than any performer since Frank Sinatra and more for bared midriffs than any sex symbol since Little Egypt. Forgive me, Madonna, but it's true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 22, 2016
In Under the Cherry Moon, the self-styled auteur is obviously aiming for a romantic tragedy with occasional lighthearted moments. What he ends up with, however, is purest camp.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
April 22, 2016
The soundtrack - which is among the star's best work - is reduced to the level of background music. It's a vanity venture, not even worth watching for kitsch value.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
[An] absurdly bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
[A] faux-'30s goof about an impish gigolo who woos and abuses a rich debutante.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Variety Staff
January 15, 2008
As flat and uninteresting as a newsreel from the 1930s about vacationing in the south of France.

TV Guide
January 15, 2008
The whole film plays exactly for what it is, one long essay in ego massaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Geoff Brown
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Shot in black-and-white in an attempt to evoke the sophisticated burr of '40s films, its intent is hamstrung by over-familiar gags, though the script comes more to life when Prince and Benton lapse into black street talk.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 18, 2004
Makes you forget how good "Purple Rain" is.
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
November 11, 2004
Just buy the soundtrack. The movie's an embarrasment.
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
August 22, 2004
A colossal bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 24, 2003
For a preposterous vanity project and notorious cinematic turkey, Under The Cherry Moon is actually rather charming, rakish and amusing.
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Walter Goodman
New York Times
May 21, 2003
For all those out there who can't get enough of Prince, Under the Cherry Moon may be just the antidote.
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