Moon Reviews

  • Moon is the first feature to be directed by Duncan Jones, who is David Bowie's son, and he brings it a grimy industrial look, as well as witty touches like giving Gerty a smiley-face screen that changes expression in tandem with Spacey's voice.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The film's ideas are interesting, but don't feel entirely worked out, and Mr. Rockwell's intriguingly strange performance (or performances) is left suspended, without the context that would give Sam's plight its full emotional and philosophical impact.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • A heartfelt, if self-consciously derivative drama of human loneliness.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • An intelligent, evocative and deceptively low-key sci-fi adventure.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Storywise, Moon fails to live up to the promise of its premise. There's plenty of atmosphere, but little gravity.

    Dan Zak — Washington Post

  • Written and directed by the first-time director Duncan Jones, Moon devotes itself to the mystery of the multiplying Sams. It's a modest, melancholic undertaking, and a little virtuous, too.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Impressively pulled together on a modest budget, Moon has a strong lead and a valid philosophical premise but, despite Bell's fissured psyche, the drama is inert. Ground control to Major Tom: Moon orbits an idea, but it doesn't go anywhere.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • Why don't we see movies this mesmerizing more often?

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Mr. Rockwell gives a brilliant performance, the physical production is impressive and Moon made me think.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Moon is a superior example of that threatened genre, hard science-fiction, which is often about the interface between humans and alien intelligence of one kind of or other, including digital.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This eerie drama harks back to sci-fi movies of the late 60s and early 70s that explored inner as well as outer space.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • In the end, Moon raises disturbing ethical questions about science and bioengineering, but it's the emotional questions the film poses -- about memory, about family, about identity -- that really resonate.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Directed with a sure hand by Duncan Jones, Moon is the anti-Transformers, a science fiction tale that owes as much to fiction as to science.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Moon is first-rate science fiction, tackling such issues as identity, individuality and the effects of isolation on the psyche and the soul.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The whole film feels like a throwback to classic sci-fi films (think 2001, Blade Runner), days that didn't rely so much on CGI but on good old-fashioned and clammy human panic.

    Sara Vilkomerson — New York Observer

  • Moon actually gets a little dull in the later reels, just when it should be peaking in mystery and tension.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • Though we love pretentious grand sci-fi, this film feels kind of thin, just a corporate scandal-philosoph'cal show.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • For a 'paranoid thriller' to work, the paranoia has to rise and rise until a climax at the finale, not give away the game halfway in.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The under-appreciated Rockwell finally gets a leading role -- make that roles -- worthy of his considerable talent.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Watching Moon is kind of like seeing a booster rocket thrust seventies' sci-fi films deeper into orbit.

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

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