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Under the Same Moon
The debut feature from director Patricia Riggen, this drama centers on a young boy's journey across the U.S./Mexico border to be reunited with his mother. Adrian Alonso stars as Carlitos, a Mexican adolescent living with his grandmother while his mother works as a maid in the U.S., hoping someday to send for her child. But when the grandmother dies unexpectedly, Carlitos must sneak across the border and seek out his mother. Featuring a supporting performance by America Ferrera of ABC's Ugly Betty, Under the Same Moon premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it received a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Tiptoes the line between tragedy and hope and never loses its balance in its account of life and luck in the US-Mexican borderlands."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Some plot twists and encounters go beyond broad brushstrokes for complex characterizations to make corny seem meaningful. Cast and music add richness beyond the predictable."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"The argument of Under the Same Moon isn't news to anyone living near the border, but it does present the migrants' problems well and poignantly."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"It's a warm drama that humanizes Americas current illegal immigration debate even as it sentimentally stacks the deck in favor of the undocumented."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The strong final third counterbalances the weaknesses of the first half."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Story of seperated mother and child doesn't carry much emotional impact. Makes you wonder how much mi madre really cares. Turns into a road drama with the kid headed to Los Angeles. Just couldn't care for the characters. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Its parallel stories of two lost souls seeking each other across geographical divides is never more than one small step away from mawkishness and cliché, and oftentimes less. But as a sociological study, it's fascinating."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"I did dab my eyes several times as I exited the theater."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Pajiba
"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."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"An endearingly sweet fable about a hotly debated subject."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Under the Same Moon puts a human face on illegal immigration. More than that, it gives it a human heart."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Patricia Riggen's feature debut proves that the terms crowd-pleaser and social-issue movie can apply to the same film."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"the type of facile representations offered by the film do little to address the real issues at hand."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
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