“A Pastel Colour Quality That Fits The Mood Of This Film Allows For A Uniqueness To Be Found.”
“An Eloquent Example Of Vintage Literature Framed In A Kubrickian Style.”
“The Film Moonrise Kingdom Is A Witty And Whimsical Film. Its Quirky And Different, A Funny And Beautiful Love Story That Brings Out The Kid In All Of Us. With A Well Rounded Cast & Wonderful Director, MK Is A True Delight & Not To Be Missed.”
“Wes Anderson's Fantasy-like Tale Of Young-love Will No Doubt Win The Hearts Of The Audience. It's Other Missing Elements That The Film Needed That May Turn Them Off.”
“Anderson Makes The Most Of His Taut, 94-minute Runtime Through The Use Of Snappy Dialogue, Trademark 2-D Set Design, And Two Lovable Main Protagonists Who Will Dance Their Way Right Into Your Heart.”
“Director Wes Anderson Releases A Quirky, Almost Storybook Tale Of Adolescent Love In A Bygone Era.”
Director Wes Anderson releases a quirky, almost storybook tale of adolescent love in a bygone era.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Anderson hasn't lost his puckishly charming genius for cinema-as-diorama visuals. Yet a lot happens in this film, and not a lot of it matters.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
"Moonrise Kingdom" breezes along with a beautifully coordinated admixture of droll humor, deadpan and slapstick.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
A very charming, beautifully wrought, if somehow depthless film - eccentric but heartfelt, and thought through to the tiniest, quirkiest detail in the classic Anderson style...
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The director's best film since 1998's Rushmore, it has none of the self-conscious smugness of The Life Aquatic or the empty eccentricity of The Royal Tenenbaums.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
There's no denying the extravagant pleasures "Moonrise Kingdom" affords as an erudite wish-fulfillment fantasy of empowerment and autonomy.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"Moonrise Kingdom" is Anderson's seventh movie, and it's the first since "Rushmore" that works from the opening shot to the final image.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Its portrait of young love is both mature and defiantly utopian.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
Even as Anderson pushes us away, the kids - and a wonderful Willis, as their self-appointed protector - reach out and pull us back in.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Beguiling and endearing...
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
It's an extraordinary thing, from start to finish.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
It left me bemused instead of moved, but true Andersonites will likely float away in a state of nirvana.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
We may look back on Anderson's works as we do on the boxes of Joseph Cornell -- formal troves of frippery, studded with nostalgic private jokes, that lodge inexplicably in the heart. In Moonrise Kingdom, that lodging is already under way.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's a fable about what it feels like to be 12 years old and afflicted, from head to toe, by a romantic crush the size of a planet.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Wes Anderson's most intimate film since Bottle Rocket (1996) and maybe his most deeply felt overall.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
The usual complaints and caveats about Anderson - he's precious, his characters have no grounding in the real world - can be made about Moonrise Kingdom, but so what?
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The latest unadulterated delight from Wes Anderson, director of "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox."
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Anderson never loses his core themes - young love, the need to escape, the bind and bluster of family. His "Kingdom" may not be large, but it is perfectly appointed.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Anderson and his actors are able to convey more genuine feeling through these devices than most filmmakers can with more-traditional means.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Like all Wes Anderson movies, it is naive, mannered, pretentious and incomprehensible.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Moonrise Kingdom represents a sort of non-magical Neverland -- that momentous instant when the world can seem so small and a naive crush can feel all-consuming.
Peter Debruge - Variety
I liked this one because of its young performers, the evocative island setting (filmed in Rhode Island), Alexandre Desplat's lovely score and Robert Yeoman's slightly grainy cinematography.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A literate, knowing and sweet-hearted reverie about adolescence, that strange gap between childhood and adulthood. It's beautifully rendered by a filmmaker very much in touch with his inner rebel kid.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Terrific work by an enviably talented filmmaker, with a wistful poignance that will stick with you.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Last time out, in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson adapted a children's book by Roald Dahl. Now, in Moonrise Kingdom, he's made one of his own.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Moonrise Kingdom is a deeply romantic film, perhaps the sweetest and most compassionate Anderson has ever made.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A gorgeously shot, ingeniously crafted, uber-Andersonian bonbon that, even in its most irritatingly whimsical moments, remains an effective deliverer of cinematic pleasure.
Dana Stevens - Slate
One knock against some of Anderson's previous efforts is that they're too clever - so clever, in fact, that the humanity gets sucked out of them. That doesn't happen here.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
As in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson is able to express sincere personal connection and compatibility while employing a highly artificial style.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
If you love Wes Anderson, you'll love this: The best of what he can do is vibrantly on display.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Cheers for a Cannes director who has infused his technical mastery with radiant life. In the Museum of the World of Wes Anderson, the dolls are dancing.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The hilarious and heartfelt Moonrise Kingdom is a consistent pleasure. By evoking the joys and terrors of childhood, it reminds us how to be alive.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
In this tale about growing up and falling in love, it seems Anderson has found his true heart.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
To date my favorite Wes Anderson and I don't characterize myself as an Anderson fan.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Wes Anderson's darkest movie yet retains his whimsical sense of humour and Fantastic Mr Fox-styled absurdity.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
It's doubtful this will win over any outright Anderson sceptics, but ... this is an exciting reaffirmation of talent.
Catherine Bray - Film4
One of the ten best films of 2012.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Rage Monthly
At its heart, Moonrise Kingdom is a sweet and surprising love story with a healthy twist of typically warped humour.
Matt Neal - The Standard
People who enjoy being immersed in his singular vision won't be disappointed at all.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The Houston native and University of Texas graduate beautifully blends humor and pathos to create what's bound to be one of the best movies of the year.
Charles Ealy - Austin American-Statesman
Anderson's manner becomes a second skin and essential to the script, making Moonrise Kingdom a most comfortable way to watch matters uncomfortable.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Easily among the best of [Anderson's] works, it's a technically marvelous film with spot-on performances, a gorgeously realized score, and impeccable production design.
Jason Gorber - Twitch
In the summer of big, expensive superhero flicks, Moonrise Kingdom evokes awe, wonder and the magic of escapism in a much smaller and more precious way.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Another quirky comedy from Wes Anderson who is an acquired taste I have not acquired.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
a farce of whimsical philosophical import
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It's like a picturesque, ride down a long countryside road in autumn bursting with wonderful imagery; richly developed characters complimented by an excellent score that quickly brings you into this small in scope, but big on brilliance effort.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Films that can charm kids and adults in equal measure are rare. This is one of them.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
So precise it could be alien, so raw and aching it has to be human. Competes with the best of Anderson. A film to be celebrated.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
This is the best film I've seen so far this year.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
With its deadpan dialogue and damaged characters, Moonrise Kingdom casts a unique and charming spell and is surprisingly hopeful.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Moonrise Kingdom remains - for the most part - a gem of a film, and clear indication that Wes Anderson is only getting better with age.
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
If you can fully get on Anderson's wavelength you may find this film transportive. I, however, thought it was far too quaint.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
How Wes Anderson stitches it all together is far beyond the reach of most filmmakers. His approach is artful without pretension, gorgeous and composed without feeling forced, charming and innocent but never trite.
Patrick Kolan - Shotgun Critic
Moonrise Kingdom is a totally charming and enchanting piece of work from director Wes Anderson, who along with a great cast provide one of the delights of the year.
Will Chadwick - We Got This Covered
Moonrise Kingdom is enchanting and warm like fond memories of your first love; but with a self-awareness that sees the hilarity in the eccentrics that abound.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Wes Anderson's refreshingly original "Moonrise Kingdom" is an unconventional children's adventure for adults, filled with with striking colors, textures and humor, and teeming with childhood innocence.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
...it reminds us of the way we (mis)apprehended the world when we were children, the way we strained to hear the adults in conference, the way we looked for clues in their manner and fastened our attention on ... random or inconsequential details.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The reputation of Wes Anderson as one of America's most consistently over-rated directors gets another boost with his latest exercise in stylistic posturing and forced whimsy.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
The divide between childhood and adolescence as a nature stroll
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
His singular take on young love on the run from any sort of authority has moments of sheer oddness, but it's all of a piece with his other work and you are either an Anderson fan or you're not.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
The most Wes Anderson-ish film Wes Anderson has ever made, 'Moonrise Kingdom' won't convert any naysayers to the cause, but fans of his work will have a ball.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
So many scenes will leave you with raised eyebrows and a wry smile.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Moonrise Kingdom, which the director wrote with regular collaborator Roman Coppola, feels like his most emotionally honest work since his 1998 breakthrough, Rushmore.
Craig Mathieson - The Sunday Age
Let the haters hate, but Anderson continues to build a distinctive filmography on par with any of his contemporaries.
Jim Poe - FILMINK (Australia)
Most will happily accept, and be truly enraptured by what unfolds.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
There are many echoes of Anderson's earlier films, particularly Rushmore and Tenenbaums. He's an unapologetic romantic and Moonrise Kingdom is a study in wish-fulfillment.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
It's not my favourite Wes Anderson film but I do like it very much.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Moonrise Kingdom is an extremely sweet and heartfelt portrayal of young love and how such love inspires the lives of others who encounter it.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Around the time of his disappointing and detached The Life Aquatic, I wondered if Wes could still tell real stories. He can. His way. That is all we can ever ask of a filmmaker.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A hit of nostalgia in 50 shades of brown
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
A complex set of cinematic pleasures, ranging from its vibrant, eccentric visual presentation to its deadpan humour and superb performances. Oh, and the music!
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The brush strokes are uniquely Anderson
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
It's a collection of cockeyed ideas compressed into a narrative that's utterly devoid of any actual attachment.
Erick Weber - New England Cable News
Erick Weber - NECN
As detached as the filmmaking sometimes appears, I daresay you can feel something pure coming off of the screen. Moonrise Kingdom is a stellar film.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Summer lovin' just got a whole more stylish thanks to Wes Anderson.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
Quirky, random, and surprisingly endearing for a Wes Anderson film--likely his best.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Funny, touching, sweet and drenched in '60s nostalgia, but reverberating with distant, haunting echoes of adolescent longing for practically anyone who grew up anytime, anyplace, anywhere.
Neil Pond - American Profile
"Moonrise Kingdom" is the type of movie that is charming for the soul and makes your brain happy in the process. All in all, it's just a heartfelt and well-written experience that will appeal to everyone.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
These charming kids give "Moonrise Kingdom" the warm glow of a summer fairy-tale, one you'll want to hear again.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A sweet love story.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Pure Joy. This film's heroes may be pint-sized but their emotions and dreams are larger than life.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
My immediate response is that it's a masterpiece and the best film to come out so far this year.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It's hard to judge a movie as a movie when you want to live inside it.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
The offbeat, pixilated universes created by writer/director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox) are an acquired taste.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Magical Moonrise a Romantic Delight.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Sweet, not saccharine
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Intermittently amusing, distinctive, not always easy to digest
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Moonrise Kingdom left me thunderstruck. ... Anderson contrasts a world in disorder with a well-pitched campsite, where everything is in its right place.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Image
Anderson's movies work best if they're about kids or cartoon animals.
Dan Lybarger - MovieMaker Magazine
Among the all-stars, Edward Norton made me repeatedly chuckle, and it's always a pleasure to see Bruce Willis when he's not operating in paycheck-whore mode.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The adults who are so desperate to return the kid fugitives to their care actually envy the children's freedom, irresponsibility and, yes, love -- in a word, their youth: The kingdom that makes exiles of us all.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A sweetly kooky ode to the intensity of young love. The movie balances broad comedy with occasionally surreal quirk, while still holding the emotional center.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The frustrating Anderson is improving, and he may one day shed the collegiate hipster aura that infuses his work.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
The plot isn't as fetching as the presentation, starting with the tersely whimsical dialogue. There aren't punch lines for big laughs, but rather a seamless series of non sequiturs for smiles.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Wonderfully inventive and entirely immersing.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
This isn't Wes Anderson's best effort by any stretch. However, any Anderson is better than no Anderson at all.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
It's funny, it's touching, it's Anderson doing what he does better than he's ever done before.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The great thing about Wes Anderson, other than his fabulously childlike imagination, is his deep attention to the smallest details.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer