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Under the Same Moon Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 13, 2008
It's a bit of a guilty pleasure, with its formulas and its sap, but if it can get Lou Dobbs reaching for that Kleenex, it will have done its job.
April 9, 2008
It's a warm drama that humanizes Americas current illegal immigration debate even as it sentimentally stacks the deck in favor of the undocumented.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2008
The performances -- and the movie's sideways glance at the culture of illegal immigrants, including a funny song about Superman ('He has no social security and no green card') -- give the movie its nicely controlled vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2008
Under the Same Moon combines all the elements of an old-fashioned tear-jerker with the low-key, low-budget intelligence of a carefully crafted indie film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2008
The strong final third counterbalances the weaknesses of the first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2008
An endearingly sweet fable about a hotly debated subject.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2008
Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) is the nightmare Lou Dobbs has when he goes to sleep at night.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2008
A story that's too cute, too corny and too contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2008
If Under the Same Moon is formula melodrama, the film is well acted and its lead character perceptively drawn.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2008
Under the Same Moon, despite some mature themes, is fine family entertainment. It is a crowd pleaser in the best sense of the word, compelling, humorous and profoundly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2008
I thought we had some really fine performances here.
March 21, 2008
It has the feel of truth and is a vivid reminder of the hell Mexicans put themselves through to live in the United States, even illegally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2008
You may be pleasantly surprised by how affected you are by the small kindnesses the boy finds... And you may be absolutely shocked at how moved you are when finally, gratefully, Carlitos' journey comes to a joyful end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2008
Director Patricia Riggen's film mostly succeeds, despite a sometimes maudlin story that seems to bring multiple dangers a day to its young hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 21, 2008
Does anybody seriously believe that mother and son will not reunite in the end? It's only a question of how, not if.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 21, 2008
Much of the plotting is schematic, and some of the moments meant to tug our heartstrings clearly flow from the melodramatic telenovela form. Yet the scheme transcends itself in surprising ways. Love conquers lots, while the kid conquers the rest.
March 21, 2008
Your enjoyment of this picaresque tearjerker may depend on how much you can tolerate its shameless contrivances and didactic social realism, whereby the story exists only to illustrate the plight of illegal aliens.
March 21, 2008
This largely Spanish-language film brings on the waterworks because its core story is undeniably affecting. The whole movie, however, would be more convincing if the elements around that vital core were more multidimensional and less contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 20, 2008
Under the Same Moon is a heartfelt story of unquenchable hope, with the plight of illegal immigrants serving as an intriguing and timely backdrop.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2008
A harmless feel-good movie that tries to tell audiences what it's like to be a victimized immigrant, and mostly winds up telling them what it's like to have their heartstrings yanked, gratuitiously and often.
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 20, 2008
What does it say about a film when you believe only parts of the journey, yet are moved by the arrival?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 20, 2008
Thanks to the uncommonly shrewd judgment of screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos and director Patricia Riggen, both newcomers, Under the Same Moon never feels like rank exploitation, even as it steadily aims for the emotional jugular.
March 20, 2008
An enjoyable story of hope and resilience, buoyed by the performances of Kate del Castillo as Rosario, the mom, and Adrian Alonso as Carlitos, her son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 20, 2008
A drama of mother-son love that lunges for the heart from its pulsating curtain raiser to its leap-for-joy fade out.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2008
[An] overly sentimental drama, which -- although sweetly well-intentioned -- is stereotypical and overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2008
Directed, with visible earnestness, by Patricia Riggen, Under the Same Moon blunts the hard edges of immigration with a thick coating of preciousness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 19, 2008
Before you can say, 'Wow, that sounds boring,' director Patricia Riggen has smuggled us, with no-bull authority, into the rituals, jokes, and survival games of a culture of half-existence: people who live in two places and nowhere at all.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 19, 2008
The magical glow makes it easier to address some heart-rending themes that might be too disturbing if told in a more straightforward manner.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 18, 2008
The film's destination feels overdetermined despite its sweetness.
January 24, 2007
Manipulative storytelling and overly simplistic handling of a divisive issue.