Racing With the Moon
Racing With the Moon (1984)

Sean Penn graduated to full stardom with the 1984 drama Racing with the Moon, even though the film itself hardly set new box office records. Set in the early years of World War II, the film stars Penn as a small-town teen-aged hotshot, six… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 23, 1984
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
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Time Out

Very little seems to happen in this social vacuum, and none of it is memorable.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

I don't care for Benjamin's way of using death to validate his sentimental themes, but at this point any American movie that can get past the 'I love you's without audience snickers has to be counted a success.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A small movie about first love with abundant emotional riches.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's easy to end a movie with 'I love you,' but it's hard to get there honestly.

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TV Guide

Everyone tries hard, but the movie is essentially superficial and has difficulty sustaining audience interest.

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It lacks [My Favourite Year's] winning charm.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

An exceptionally appealing movie about subjects you may think you've already had enough of -- growing up, first love and the shouldering of arms and other responsibilities.

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Emanuel Levy

A sentimental view of small-town life in WWII, in which the railroads and train station are just as important as the human characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I need to watch this movie again, I barely remember it.
Leo L
A personal favorite. Now, this is a movie I don't mind seeing every now and then.