Moonrise Kingdom
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 25, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

David Thomson
The New Republic

The film is frequently funny, always elegant (or mock-elegant), and something that would make Humbert Humbert laugh all the way to his asylum.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

The movie is neither stupid nor offensive, which puts it ahead of a lot of pictures. But I was still perplexed. And, let's face it, disappointed.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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

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Rafer Guzman

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.

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Nick James
Sight and Sound

Moonrise Kingdom makes a winning appeal to the precious joys of the pre-teen imagination circa 1965.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"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.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

After a while, you want. . .the characters to evince some level of real feeling, ugly, extreme, agonized, whatever, as long as there is something that breaks the spell.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Charming and whimsical, herein is a call to separate from the lousy group that treats you badly, and to lovingly embrace yourself. If someone else wants to… More
Jason Lalljee
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… More
Carlos Magalhães
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… More
Spencer S.
Wes Anderson, master of the aesthetically colorful, whimsical, sixties' tinged madness, outdoes even himself with a trope set in the very decade he draws… More
Daniel Perry
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… More
Christopher Heim
Delightful odd-wit and tasty artful cinematography flow through this nice little flick about young love. Probably Wes Anderson's most heart-warming tale… More