Under the Same Moon
Under the Same Moon (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: If Under the Same Moon is often manipulative, it is also heartfelt, and features strong performances from its leads.

Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Tiptoes the line between tragedy and hope and never loses its balance in its account of life and luck in the US-Mexican borderlands.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's a warm drama that humanizes Americas current illegal immigration debate even as it sentimentally stacks the deck in favor of the undocumented.

James Berardinelli

The strong final third counterbalances the weaknesses of the first half.

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Paul Chambers

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.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

An endearingly sweet fable about a hotly debated subject.

Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Under the Same Moon puts a human face on illegal immigration. More than that, it gives it a human heart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
The Love Between a Mother and Son Knows No Boundaries
Caesar Mendez
It feels like ages for me since I last saw a movie from South America since I mostly see Asian and North America releases a majority of the time. While the… More
Mark Hobin
Heartfelt, well acted drama. Adrian Alonso is a gifted young actor.
Mark Abell
Highly emotional story about a young boy, Carlitos (Adrian Alonso), left behind in Mexico in the care of his grandmother while his mom, Rosario (Kate del… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
A surprise (for me anyway) cause i thought this would be total garbage (which it isn't) and I regret my initial comments about this film. The film could… More
Dannielle Albert
It's so aggrivating! The very end he was SOOO close and then his friend had to go and insult the policeman. I hate movies where they're looking for… More

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