“Peaceful And Methodical.”
“Quiet, Thoughtful, Perfect”
“"Duncan Jones Is A Future Filmmaker To Go Far, Also Sam Rockwells Best Performance Ever"”
“Duncan Jones Directorial Debut Is A Masterful Film. Though Not 100% Perfect, When Compared To Hollywood's Latest Sci-Fi Endeavors, Its Flawless.”
“Sam Rockwell's Monumental Performance. A Movie This Great Comes By Only Once In A Blue MOON”
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
Moon is closer to what die-hards expect when they hear the term 'sci-fi,' and its existence reminds us that serious movies within this genre are not dead -- they're just hiding.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A well-assembled sci-fi thriller.
Duane Byrge - Hollywood Reporter
Moon does something extraordinary: It seems familiar and derivative, yet upends your expectations about science fiction and surprises you over and over.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Director Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie), working from a script by Nathan Parker, pulls off sci-fi miracles on a $5 million shoestring. Moon is a potent provocation that relies on ideas instead of computer tricks to stir up excitement.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
As the two Sams struggle to find their humanity, the film struggles to find entertainment within the esoteric. While they're trying to figure it out, we're left stranded on the dark side of the moon.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Intriguing, imaginative, and thematically ambitious, Moon gives ample proof that Jones is a serious talent, pushing his concepts into intellectually and spiritually challenging territory.
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
It's a film that won't fail to move or excite anyone who's ever cast their eye skywards and let themselves wonder.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
- Sight and Sound
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Sam Rockwell should have been nominated for Best Actor at least twice.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Someday, Rockwell will get his Oscar due, I have no doubt. But I bet that when that day comes, lots of movie lovers will look back and say, 'But it should have happened for Moon.'
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Start calculating the costs to Lunar Industries of its singular form of devaluing, and Moon's central premise stops making sense.
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
A throwback to the golden era of 1970s sci-fi, Moon is a long overdue and morally relevant antidote to the overblown bombast of todays science fiction.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Moon is an old-fashioned sci-fi movie in the best sense: far more psychological drama than space opera, dispensing with overweening CGI and loud flashy action sequences while harking back to subtler, more ideas-driven entries in the genre.
Philip Kemp - Sight and Sound
Evocative, riveting, and ultimately contemporary in a roundabout way, Moon is a superb mood piece, sublimely cradled by Jones, filtered through tireless work from star Sam Rockwell.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Despite the modest resources, 'Moon' is so visually astonishing that it almost looks like it was shot on location on Earth's oldest satellite.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
Jones je uspio stvoriti ne samo uvjerljivi nego i upe%u010Datljivi futuristi%u010Dki mikrokozmos, i to bez CGI-ja, s bud%u017Eetom od "svega" 5 milijuna dolara
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Out of this world. A story that could easily have been from the early days of science fiction. It's a film that has a make-or-break lead role, and Sam Rockwell makes it an incredible journey. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
A lusciously slow trip, recalling familiar old tones while also adding its own unique touches.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
a puzzle with a solution that is elegant yet savage
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Contemplates a future full of potential and yet robbed of hope, an era where the worst malfunction technology can suffer is to simply function too well for its own good.
William Goss - Orlando Weekly
A frequently engrossing science fiction story given a particular tension and seriousness by its moral inquiry into what it means to be fully human and alive.
Patrick Z. McGavin - Screen International
Moon entertains by posing a puzzle whose solution opens into disturbing existential truths and paradoxes.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Sam Rockwell's work is a light on the dark side of "Moon." It's not that the man behind the curtain isn't worth attention, it's that he's just not as interesting. It's predictably plotted, but unpredictably mournful and elegiac a la Philip K. Dick.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
One of those rare, intelligent, thought-provoking science fiction films that come along less often than a blue moon, but there are some problems with the narrative and the science.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Moon is a timely reminder of what readers of analog already know: that science fiction can be (gasp!) intelligent and thoughtful . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
A moody, brooding low-key sci-fi feature that makes the most of the eeriness and solitude of long-distance separation to explore some very poignant themes of memory and existence.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
This is science fiction at its stimulating best.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
At the heart of this you've got this fantastic concept and a fantastic performance from Rockwell. It's absolutely tense. It's absolutely admirable.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
There might even be a touch of his father in there -- ''your circuit's dead, there's something wrong, can you hear me, Major Tom?'' It is a well-built, concentrated movie with a brain and a purpose.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
While there are echoes of Kubrick's 2001 classic, Moon has enough that's original and surprising to make it worth recommending, and not only to diehard fans of sci-fi films.
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
Much more than simple escapism, Moon may not be for everyone, but it is certainly a very good film that will inspire intriguing post-cinema conversation.
Giles Hardie - Unknown2
By halfway the film starts to feel like a mere exercise, one more effort to get maximum value from limited resources. Too much machinery, not enough dread.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
Clearly inspired by the great science fiction films of the last century, Moon still manages to be awe-inspiring and strikingly original in its own right.
Brian Duff - FILMINK (Australia)
An eccentric sci-fi which cleverly deconstructs the mythology of the Star Treks and Star Wars which have colonised the future of our imaginations with their glamour, self-importance and operatic sound tracks.
Ruth Hessey - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
An interesting idea goes astray in this unusual sci-fi thriller in which Sam Rockwell's astronaut Sam becomes captive in the recesses of his own mind.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The filmmakers say they wanted to make a sci-fi story within their limited budget, so used ingredients that would satisfy both. Sadly, the screenplay is a bit low on other things as well, like meaningful content.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Moon is the kind sci-fi film you rarely see any more; subtle and intelligent. Yet it gets stuck on the launch pad to greatness.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
In an era when grey-shaded Hollywood drudge can cost hundreds of millions and deliver nothing, Moon stands out -- and it does so with dignity.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU
It never quite passes the test as entertainment.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Making a smart genre film is a house of cards. Of Moon's praiseworthy elements, I am most impressed with this: for a movie so rich and complex, it is wonderfully simple.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
an intriguing existential space oddity
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
There's a marvelous sense of isolation in the picture's cold, aloof setting and classical, still frames.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
A gripping, thoughtful, extremely claustrophobic movie.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
One space odyssey you're unlikely to forget.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Moon is a gripping sci-fi tale, but also has a lot of heart and humanity.
Cosmo Landesman - Times [UK]
Moon could do with a heftier dose of weird, but the disciplined storytelling and direction bodes well for director Duncan Jones.
Matthew De Abaitua - Film4
They do make 'em like they used to - a fresh blast of old-school sci-fi, bursting with ideas and a stellar turn from Rockwell.
Simon Crook - Empire Magazine
A minor masterpiece. Quite simply Moon, given its minuscule budget - around 2.5million - is a cinematic miracle. The film is one of the best examples of thought provoking sci-fi that we have seen in an age.
- Sunday Mail [UK]
Intelligent, resourceful and elegantly made, Moon marks a mightily impressive low-budget debut from director Duncan Jones.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Jones, as writer and director, has fashioned a good-looking, claustrophobic piece despite his limited resources.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
An impressive directorial debut with a smart, absorbing and well-acted film that's not just for geeks.
- Heat Magazine
Enjoyably trippy, brain-bending stuff, but the most satisfying thing about Moon is that it marks a return to the notion of science fiction as a genre fuelled by big ideas rather than big special effects.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
An indie sci-fi movie? That's what the director Duncan Jones has put together, to mostly inspired effect.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
A smart futuristic tale, blending paranoia, drama and humour.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
An eerie, disturbing and moving film, but not without occasional bursts of humour, Moon is a refreshing antidote to the dumb action-orientated futuristic fodder has dominated cinemas in recent years.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
With the sci-fi genre descending to disappointing new CG-assisted lows this summer (yes, I'm talking to you, Michael Bay), Moon ... is a perfectly timed little space oddity.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
This is a defiantly British film. It's one we can be proud of - in moderation.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
Pitched at the other end of the sci-fi market from Transformers 2, this is too quirky and cerebral to be a hit, but it's more than a space oddity.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Make no mistake: Jones is a uniquely exciting prospect, whose cerebral, creepy and riveting Moon carves out his own elevated flight path.
Chris Roberts - Uncut Magazine [UK]
It's one of the best original film ideas in ages - it'll leave your mind whirring for days.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
The film is not entirely logical, but it raises pleasing questions and looks beautiful.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
With its measured pacing, melancholy tone and eye for prosaic details, Moon is very different from the glossy sci-fi blockbuster - and far more satisfying.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
It's not fair to say that the film runs out of steam towards the end, because it remains crisp and unpredictable, but it does have the feel of an addictive Outer Limits episode finding ways to stretch itself over the feature-length mark.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Fans of speculative and conceptual sci-fi and classic storytelling should take this trip to identity's dark side. The direction is elegant, the acting impeccable. Take the trip.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
What a joy - old-school, intelligent sci-fi.
- Sun Online
A beautifully-crafted sci-fi poser, an endearing and ultimately touching thriller-cum-drama which echoes the 1972 deep space classic Silent Running.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Psychedelic sci-fi? Glam rock goes off-world? No: wordy and overwrought like a radio play in space.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Not even the marvellous Sam Rockwell (all two or more of him) can quite make up for the lack of dramatic impetus. You watch it and you keep thinking: Oh no, I can't cope with all this acting!
Victor Olliver - Teletext
With Ziggy Stardust for a father, Major Tom for an uncle and, presumably, the spiders from Mars for assorted in-laws, is it any wonder that Duncan Jones chose a science fiction project to mark his feature film debut?
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Moon gleefully steals from other, superior sci-fi flicks but still manages to make a statement all its own.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
It's basically non-violent, yet at moments I felt a deep %u2013 not horror, exactly, more like dismayed awe %u2013 at what we are discovering with Sam. My companions and I left the theatre feeling very satisfied, and I hope you will as well. Moon feels
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
A throwback to the relatively thoughtful, adult-oriented science-fiction films that briefly were in vogue in the late 1960s and 1970s.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A boost to the usually disappointed sci-fi genre; Jones is a director to watch.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
A heady trip into the landscape of the mind.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
This unique cinematic doozy is a refreshing alternative to the mindless summer blockbuster fare.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
All this wouldn't matter if Sam Rockwell didn't anchor this cleverly claustrophobic spectacle.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Moon is darn good science fiction.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
No Starchild. No ultimate trip. No jive-talking robots. Just good old-fashioned story-telling.
Christopher Long - DVDTown.com
If Jones felt any first-film jitters, they are nowhere to be seen in his debut film, the technical proficiencies of which belie the relatively low budget.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Christopher Long - Movie Metropolis
Moon has heart, brains and a sense of humor, not to mention some nifty model-based special effects ... and a blockbuster performance by Sam Rockwell...
Sarah Boslaugh - Playback:stl
Most contemporary sci-fi movies come on with all CGI-guns blazing, trying to blow the roof off the theater. Moon settles for trying to blow your mind instead.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
In brief, stark moments, Duncan Jones' movie makes plain how awful it is to be so solitary, how utterly impossible it is to consider this existence a "living."
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Moon is, quite simply, an astonishingly good debut, supremely confident and assured.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Duncan Jones's intelligent, hugely moving debut deftly resurrects a mutinously old-fashioned style of SF.
Nick Setchfield - SFX Magazine
Universal questions: How is it that Sam Rockwell, one of the finest actors on the planet, has yet to get the notice he deserves? And how could you miss this stellar feature?
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Esoteric and a little frightening, a serious-minded sci-fi rumination for viewers who strive for more out of their genre pieces than pyrotechnics and jive-talking scraps of metal.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
What makes this science-fiction/thriller really work is that it favors a more cerebral style of storytelling. There are clear nods to such sci-fi classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Ultimately, Moon isn't quite the transcendent experience that it clearly strives to be. But as ambitious science fiction, it achieves liftoff.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In much the same way we take for granted the fact that science drives our lives in countless and invisible ways, Moon takes a satisfyingly pragmatic approach to the extraordinary.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Comparisons to "2001" or even Ridley Scott's "Alien" aren't far-fetched.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Raises all the right and most interesting questions about what it means to be human in the manner of some of the best science fiction.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Compellingly haunting human tale of survival that just happens to be set in outer space.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Moon doesn't arrive with a train of ballyhoo, but its quiet charms easily drowns out the clatter of bigger, dumber pictures.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
...one of the most entertaining and flat-out engrossing sci-fi efforts to hit theaters since Steven Soderbergh's woefully underrated 2002 Solaris remake.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
With its artful use of old-school miniatures rather than computer graphics, Moon engages the eye as much as the mind. Here's a canny director who doesn't let technical prowess overwhelm his sure, resourceful sense of human drama and character.
Michael Upchurch - Seattle Times
By the end, I was totally hooked into Sam's attempts to figure out what was happening in his 'weird' mind. And I had forgotten all about 2001.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
For those who like their science fiction with a little science or their movies with plenty of conversation fodder for dinner afterwards, Moon is tough to beat.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Essentially a one-man, two character piece, "Moon" could be an old "Twilight Zone" episode nurtured into a feature.
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
It invites us to think about the logical extension of industrial policies that turn human life into a commodity, and it has a narrative inventiveness that makes sly commentary on its place in the sci-fi movie continuum.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Moon is a hugely enjoyable, impressively directed sci-fi drama with a well-penned script, great production design and a terrific performance from Sam Rockwell.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
An exquisite gem of a science-fiction picture... pitched squarely at the patient, intelligent adults in the audience who want to have a good think.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Astutely imagined as a futuristic thriller with formidable impact--a dark and well thought out moonscape in what we may hope is pure fantasy.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
As a piece of entertainment, Moon is a failed experiment. Yet though it never becomes enjoyable or gets even within hailing distance of fun, it has some interesting ideas.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
One of the best films of its type to come around in a long while.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
It just may be the most boring movie ever made -- period.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Sam's predicament touches on issues from the deconstruction of human nature and the commodification of human life to existential loneliness, alienation and the dehumanizing effects of corporate ruthlessness.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Movies as daring as Moon should be applauded before all little films are replaced by safer, hipper models of themselves.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Rockwell's performance is a real tour de force.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Jones has a very interesting existential idea here, and though he frustratingly doesn't exploit its every possibility, he does give a great actor an opportunity for a tour-de-force performance.
Peter Canavese - Palo Alto Weekly
Moon is a terrific alternative for science fiction fans who like to think in addition to simply being thrilled.
Todd Gilchrist - Sci Fi Wire
Director Duncan Jones also taps into the visual style of Silent Running, which was directed by special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull. Taking his cue from Trumbull, Jones creates a vivid but far from perfect futuristic world.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
The cool and unvarnished heir apparent to the throne of low budget indie sci-fi thrillers.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
This excellent little science fiction film is a welcome throwback to an earlier era, when filmmakers used the canvas afforded by outer space and/or the future to explore ideas about the human condition.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Jones is a methodical filmmaker, and he conveys his plot without mucking it up too terribly, but he's also dull.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
This is a deep and inventive exploration into the human psyche, made believable thanks to a wonderful performance from Rockwell.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
I was inspired as much by the movie's egghead take on science ficiton as the bravura performance from Sam Rockwell at the center.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
If only Hollywood was willing to make more science fiction films like this one.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Intriguing and suspenseful with awe-inspiring visuals and terrific, well-nuanced performances by Sam Rockwell in dual roles.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
A science fiction movie based on actual ideas.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
By keeping the human element front and center throughout the film (and kicking the story into an intriguing new dimension at the end), the director has avoided winding up where so many extraterrestrial tales often do: lost in space.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Rockwell excels at the burdensome task of playing against himself.
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook