The Man in the Moon
The Man in the Moon (1991)

Based on a true story, two sisters compete for the romantic attentions of the same man.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 30, 1991
DVD Release Date: January 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's sentimental, and some viewers may feel manipulated by the melodramatic final act, but The Man in the Moon offers a finely drawn coming-of-age story with an excellent cast -- including Reese Witherspoon in her film debut.

Variety Staff

Newcomer Witherspoon manages to strike exactly the right note as the tomboy on the verge of womanhood while Waterston works on several levels at once.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"The Man in the Moon" is a wonderful movie, but it is more than that, it is a victory of tone and mood. It is like a poem.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Beautifully filmed, with Mulligan's special gifts for depicting country life and the South.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The heart-warming tone steadily becomes overheated.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

"The Man in the Moon" is an intimate, sentimental coming-of-age drama, a sweet little puppy love movie crushed by the enormity of its tragic twists.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Tender and touching film about two sisters whose close relationship is tested by the joy of love and the pain of grief.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Gets an outstandingly natural performance out of Miss Witherspoon, who has no trouble carrying a lot of the film single-handedly. It falls to her to remind the audience that this story is at heart about a family, and she does.

Mark Pfeiffer (Ohio)

Mulligan uses a delicate touch in revealing the confusion in growing up and the loss in discovering that the world isn't as simple or perfect as children believe it to be.

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

"The Man in the Moon" doesn't break anything, but it does know a thing or two about first love and friendship. A small gem.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
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Reese Witherspoons first movie I beleive. Sam Waterson shines as the father, Jason London also does well. This is a tear jerker film of the upteenth degree but… More
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For a kid's movie, a surprisingly non-cheesy but still warming story with wonderful pastoral images. Grass and Elvis makes me melt. Reese emerged as an… More
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Great story of first love and loss set in 1957. It is fun watching Reese Witherspoon acting at the age 14.
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shows just what a good actress reese witherspoon can be
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Wonderful, heartwarming movie...
Leigh Ryan
It was good.