The Moon Is Blue
The Moon Is Blue (1953)

This is the story of a chaste young TV-commercial actress (Maggie McNamara) who is romanced by a playboy architect (William Holden). Despite all sorts of temptations, the girl refuses the architect's invitation to become his mistress,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 8, 1953
DVD Release Date: May 5, 2004
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Aside from its candor, however, and its audacity with the words, The Moon Is Blue is not outstanding, either as a romance or as film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Known today because it challenged the Hollywood Production Code.

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The nothing about which there was so much ado is a tame little moral comedy about a determined virgin, who refuses to be seduced by a playboy architect.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Despite the fuss at the time, there's little blue about this except the title.

TV Guide

No one today is likely to mistake this smarmy little sex farce for a good film, but it is significant historically as one of the nails in the coffin of Hollywood's self-imposed Production Code.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

For all the movie's staginess and datedness, it's a more personal and ambiguous work than it initially appears to be.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A landmark of its time -- and a very dull one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Silly comedy once notorious for it's use of the word virgin is now just dated nonsense.
John Ballantine
Preminger likely was proud of this film pushing the Code's seal of approval and Niven thought enough about it to name his autobiography after it but it… More
Stefan P
What a shame. One of the best movies I've seen and there's almost no one that has seen it. The script is absolutely brilliant. So is the acting. So is… More