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
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
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
The script may be the film's greatest strength: the movie is probably Anderson's most quotable.
Moonrise Kingdom may be a light summer entree, but it rewards us by serving up a rich romantic fantasy and isn't afraid to share its sweet, beating young heart.
Stephen Rebello - Playboy Online
It's Anderson's most carefully constrained, painstakingly overdesigned movie, yet also his most gushing and emotionally accessible.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Endlessly subjective to the kids' fantasy of the world around them, a memory in mind compacted from impressions half-glimpsed, Anderson confects and even perfects a headlong heaven's-to-Etsy esthetic, in hothouse glory.
Just when you think the story might suffocate in pastel post-modern twee-dom, Anderson will add a a bold stroke of dark comedy or blunt violence.
Anderson's woodsy thought process... elicits a thorough batch of the rainy summer daydreams where most grand childhood adventures and romances are so often had: in heads and hearts, if not in flesh.
Rob Boylan - Orlando Weekly
Wes Anderson remains trapped in the aquarium of his own imagination.
Katherine Monk - Canada.com
All the grounding you need comes from the performances of Hayward and Gilman as the young runaways. They seem to have internalized Anderson's wonky worldview completely.
Chris Knight - National Post
It's Wes Anderson's dollhouse as a home for wayward boys. Turns out, it's a safe place for adults to hide as well.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
The film is frequently funny, always elegant (or mock-elegant), and something that would make Humbert Humbert laugh all the way to his asylum.
David Thomson - The New Republic
Anderson delivers a magnificent blend of artistry, humor and emotional resonance.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
To date my favorite Wes Anderson and I don't characterize myself as an Anderson fan.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
It's doubtful this will win over any outright Anderson sceptics, but ... this is an exciting reaffirmation of talent.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Wes Anderson's darkest movie yet retains his whimsical sense of humour and Fantastic Mr Fox-styled absurdity.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
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
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
People who enjoy being immersed in his singular vision won't be disappointed at all.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.
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
So many scenes will leave you with raised eyebrows and a wry smile.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
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
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
It's not my favourite Wes Anderson film but I do like it very much.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
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)
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
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)
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
A hit of nostalgia in 50 shades of brown
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
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 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 - 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)
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
It's hard to judge a movie as a movie when you want to live inside it.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
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
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 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)
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
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)
Wonderfully inventive and entirely immersing.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
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
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
This film contains some of cinema history's best lightning strikes.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
Wes Anderson's films are stylistic carbon copies of each other, merely swapping out storylines and characters. It's like going to a bunch of different restaurants and ordering the exact same meal -- you walk in knowing what you're going to get.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Most of Wes Anderson's previous pictures came from the head; Moonrise Kingdom is one from the heart.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Moonrise Kingdom is a charming reminder of Anderson's particular talent for spinning fantasies about the collective childhood we all wish we had.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
A sometimes precocious but mostly whimsical and artfully fluent evocation of adolescent enthusiasm and adult ennui.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As fussy as anything Anderson has ever done, but instead of being overstuffed, as virtually all of his movies have been, for good and ill, [the film] is mostly delicate.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Anderson's latest effort is like an Instagram photo - a nostalgic snapshot that seems to be of different time and place but is really the twee affectation of a world that never existed.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
[Anderson] may make it look easy because of how firmly his mannerisms are established at this point, but it takes a real artist to evoke the rocky emotional storms of adolescence and adulthood with such clear eyes and precise voice.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Anderson's films have been described as quirky, eccentric and whimsical. But there is also a genuine charm and heart that is driven by the Anderson's love for his characters, and the love those characters have for one another.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Wes Anderson, at 43, is still grappling with adolescence.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
More unbearable Anderson whimsy.
When the storm arrives, it's a doozy, especially as it intensifies a final, thrilling chase sequence.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Only Anderson could find the subtle brilliance in a shirtless, ax-wielding Murray dejectedly declaring "I'm going outside to find a tree to chop down."
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Did you think Wes Anderson had no more tricks up his sleeve, that he was just showing us the same thing over and over again, that he couldn't surprise us? Wrong.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
"Moonrise Kingdom," which could be Anderson's most honest movie yet, also contains arguably his two most mature characters, who both happen to be 12.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
Exactly what you expect from Anderson, and also dangerously close to overstaying its welcome.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
The performances from Hayward and Gilman, as runaways, are at the heart of the film, and they manage to seem both innocent and powerful.
Jenny McCartney - Daily Telegraph
Phonies may complain that Anderson's island of misfit toys is a retreat from the real world, but for pure-hearted adventurers who share the secret map, "Moonrise Kingdom" is a joy that cannot be eclipsed.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Though undeniably smart and charming, "Moonrise Kingdom" loves itself the way the callow Holden Caulfield loves himself: unconditionally. Salinger understood the problem with that. Anderson may not.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
It's sweet, charming, quirky, imaginative, poignant, and whimsical. Just what a Wes Anderson film should be.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Anderson has trouble sticking the landing, but "Moonrise Kingdom" is in many ways the most satisfying flight he's taken us on in years.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
"Moonrise Kingdom" takes place in a world where everything seems pleasantly faded, where people read crackly-covered library books rather than e-books, and where young people are allowed to be genuinely innocent.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A remarkable story, stopping to survey the author's superlative descriptions and attention to the tiniest fragments of heartbreak. It's a treat to watch unfold, sweetened gorgeously by Anderson's magical manner of thinking.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
I loved every second of "Moonrise Kingdom."
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Thoroughly well scripted and well-acted. May be the greatest work to date from one of the greatest directors working.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
Moonrise Kingdom’s heartfelt search and rescue of a feel-good result provides a perfect, even musical counterpoint to its regimented summer camp.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Wes Anderson's best work in a decade, as he returns to the nimble territory precariously balanced between fairy-tale whimsy and genuine emotion
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A tad too twee for its own good.
Moonrise Kingdom might be Wes Anderson's purest work yet -- a tender tale of longing and melancholy as seen through the eyes of a handful of people on an isolated (fictional) island off the coast of New England.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Anderson's most involving and sardonically funny movie since Rushmore (and maybe better).
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
This is a Wes Anderson film. It's gonna be quaint. It's gonna be wry. It's gonna look just like Anderson's other features. But is that such a bad thing?
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
A marvelously funny, wry script
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Despite the star power on display here, the movie is not for everyone
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Anderson's best feature since Rushmore, in part because, like that film, it takes as its primary subject matter odd, precocious children, rather than the damaged and dissatisfied adults they will one day become.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Another great film from Anderson, and the beginning of a fantastic career for Hayward.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The adventurous circumstances and sensations of young love permeate Moonrise Kingdom.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
It's the filmmaker's best piece of live-action cinematic art since 'Rushmore' and nicely joins 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' in his return to fine form. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Moonrise Kingdom feels like a culmination, like Anderson has been working towards this one movie.
Wes Anderson films are not so much directed as curated.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Funny and heartfelt in equal measure, "Moonrise Kingdom" is a top-to-bottom charmer and one of the most heartfelt peans to the power of young love that you will see anytime soon.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
It's an adventure, a love story, a biblical allegory complete with approaching storm, a mash note to composer Benjamin Britten and a profoundly touching discourse on the needs of troubled children.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
Has individual moments that are alluring to the eyes, but like the aforementioned dollhouse where Suzy lives, take a closer look inside and it becomes obvious how artificial all the parts are.
Who else can capture with such chilling accuracy that fragile period between childhood and disillusionment, the time when the novelty of true love overwhelms the heart with its immensity and futility?
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
If you can meet with realism and surrealism and treat those two impostors just the same, then yours are the movies and everything in them. I'm paraphrasing Emilio Estevez but I think you get the idea.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
A true delight - a fun, clever, and, of course, whimsical tale about the days when love seemed worth running away from home over and getting a scout badge meant the world.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Anderson's most delightfully bittersweet live-action movie since The Royal Tenenbaums.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Hayward and Gilman are newcomers who are asked to carry much of the film and pull it off with lovely understatement and extraordinary believability.
Charlie McCollum - San Jose Mercury News
Its moments of transporting beauty and visual brilliance overcame my growing aversion to Wes Anderson's brand of ultra-stylized archness.
Jon Frosch - The Atlantic
A gossamer fable of adolescent romance, played out with the cheekily whimsical, visually delicious style for which Anderson is famous.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Wes Anderson's most sartorially significant film yet.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
At once funny and melancholic, whimsical and poignantly true.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
One is at times reminded of AE Housman.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Moonrise Kingdom is a delight... stuffed full of the quirky details and gags that are Anderson's trademarks, but it also possesses an emotional undertow that will tug at those viewers in tune with its singular sensibility.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Capturing our inner children
S. James Wegg - JWR
If the deadpan sensibility of the film ultimately leaves it feeling a tad lightweight, that isn't to say that Moonrise Kingdom isn't a funny, witty and well-crafted film.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
A bittersweet and evocative period piece that's both a visual and narrative delight.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
No one has an eye or sensibility like Anderson's, but this is a chilly disappointment. The unaffecting kids are meant to be the emotional center, yet the adults steal the film.
Caryn James - James on screenS
I really wanted to like this film. I respect Wes Anderson and his distinctive voice as a writer-director ('Rushmore' is one of my favorite films of the 1990s), but this latest endeavor is so precious and self-aware that it nearly smothers itself.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Those who find the director's work flawed by preciousness, however, may grow impatient well before the movie reaches the 90-minute mark.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
It makes you nostalgic for the pangs of young love.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Anderson has imagined the '60s on the East Coast as if from an Eddie Bauer catalog and Boys' Life, with the sensibility of The New Yorker.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
Like many holiday locations, you wouldn't want to live there, but a mini-break from the norm can be a real tonic.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
A sweet, charming and altogether delightful bit of whimsy from writer/director Wes Anderson.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
I normally end up liking Wes Anderson's films, but I love this one.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
The delightful Moonrise Kingdom marks a career high for offbeat auteur Wes Anderson.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
Moonrise Kingdom is bewitching.
- Liverpool Echo
What makes it an Anderson movie are the things he adds which mark all his films - the pop-cultural obsessions and excruciatingly detailed set decorations, overarching thematic concerns and little stylistic tics.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
There's a whole lot wonderful running around this particular Kingdom ... once we embrace the tongue-in-cheek firmly hammered into place.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Typically quirky Wes Anderson dramedy has lots of heart.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Tender, melancholy and nostalgic, it's one of Wes Anderson's best fantasy films.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
A whimsical tale about a different kind of storm - adolescence before adulthood.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
This gently engaging adventure is his warmest, wittiest film since The Life Aquatic. It keeps us smiling all the way through.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Moonrise Kingdom is Anderson's most completely satisfying film since the one-two of Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, in part because it's the perfect distillation of both.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
'Moonrise Kingdom' made a believer out of a long-time naysayer, and that's really something.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
...a courtship both innocent and precocious.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
The quirk might be laid on a bit thick... [but] the Andersonian humor is also laid on pretty thick in a good way, and most of it comes at the expense of the adults.
Bob Westal - Bullz-Eye.com
Visually striking and boasting beautifully measured central performances, this tale of love, redemption and dissipating innocence should delight viewers of every age.
James O'Brien - Daily Mail [UK]
Beautifully written, amazing to look at, funny and moving, fans of Anderson will have a ball with this truly wonderful film.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
The auteur's calculated quality persists in his latest film, but Moonrise Kingdom exudes a warmth and innocence generated by the earnest adolescent romance at its core.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
With lots of good jokes and very funny child actors, plus adults who carry the emotional weight the children cannot, Moonrise Kingdom has elements that hold up to the best of what Anderson has done
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
For all the self-conscious distancing techniques and quirky humor Anderson employs, when he's at his best, his work can be surprising in its disarming emotion.
Ian Buckwalter - NPR
From the opening shot of a cross-stitched house hanging on a wall of the home it pictures, "Moonrise Kingdom" is unmistakably a Wes Anderson film and it is his best film since his best film "Rushmore..."
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
For all the movie's technical meticulousness, the storytelling still has a wiggly-waggly quality, like a dangly loose tooth.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Only now and again does one get a wash of something unifying, deep - a suggestion of adult depression and disillusion.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
It's never hugely funny or moving - Anderson's movies are too stylised and detached for that - but it has charm and a lovely performance from Willis as a weary local cop who's never found true love.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Moonrise is a typical Wes Anderson production, quirky to the point of becoming irritating.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
As per the director's norm, the film offers a triumph of style over substance. But sometimes, when it's not just typical summertime bombast, that's what you need.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
Wes Anderson's fanciful, heartfelt tale of two 12-year-old runaways will delight his fans and may even win some converts among those who've resisted his hermetic style.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Resembles a novelization of Godard's Pierrot le Fou as conceived by storybook artist Richard Scarry.
A living storybook with the emotional depth to boot.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
A wonder-inducing film from Wes Anderson about the authentic quest of two oddball teens who just want to be free.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Only die-hard curmudgeons will remain unmoved.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Wes Anderson's seventh feature is a delight from start to finish, thanks to a wonderful script, a typically fabulous soundtrack, achingly stylish direction, gorgeous production design work and terrific performances from a superb cast.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The most extraordinary usage of mise en scene I've seen. By that I mean
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
A continuously surprising and delightful adolescent romance set in 1965, in what appears to be a dollhouse.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
There's a certain giddy airlessness to Moonrise Kingdom ... And yet that cinematic hypoxia creates its own kind of high, if you can adjust to the altitude.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
It left me bemused instead of moved, but true Andersonites will likely float away in a state of nirvana.
As funny, bittersweet and as distinct as you'd expect from Wes Anderson, a director who helps you know you are not alone.
Nev Pierce - Empire Magazine
This jaunty romp, written by Anderson with Roman Coppola, is a delightful succession of sombre pronouncements and sight gags in the service of a tale with a bittersweet emotional core.
Lisa Nesselson - sbs.com.au
If you hate Wes Anderson, this movie won't change your mind, but believers should be enchanted.
Mike D'Angelo - AV Club
Fleet, funny, impeccably orchestrated: whimsical Wes returns on top of his game.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
Wes Anderson's seventh film feels like a Greatest Hits package. Which if you're a Wes fan will make you very happy.
James Mottram - The List
[VIDEO ESSAY] Wes Anderson has honed his formally composed vernacular of kitschy nostalgic magic realism cinema to a super fine point.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
For the first 15 minutes or so, Moonrise Kingdom feels like the movie Wes Anderson's detractors have always accused him of churning out. Then it finds its footing and becomes a film that only Anderson could have made.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
Its childishness, sense of innocence and eye for fun all make it a very easy film to love.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
The film is almost unfailingly funny, but it also has a rapt quality, as if we are viewing the events through Suzy's binoculars or reading the story under the covers by a flashlight.
Kristin M. Jones - Film Comment Magazine
An absolute smash. It's a gloriously overemotional tale of two pre-teen lovers full of lime-soaked scenery and pleasingly stilted 1960s telephone conversations.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
This is an adult film about children rather than a children's film, per se. Youngsters should, however, love it and their parents be pleased they've seen it too. Very rare, that.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Anderson aficionados are bound to warm to Moonrise Kingdom. Non-fans may take more persuading, but should enjoy themselves in the end.
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
Hugely charming, and featuring both typically excellent cast performances, and some wonderful technical flourishes.
Simon Gallagher - Film School Rejects
Anderson's film breezes irresistibly on style, charm, a lovely score by Alexandre Desplat and that winning indie ensemble.
Jonathan Crocker - Digital Spy
Undeniably the work of a director with a very specific and pointed comic style who's not for every taste. Those who succumb to its charms will be transported.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
Wes Anderson's fable of misunderstood youths is a meticulously made, overly calculated art film in which the director controls every element
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
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...
The enchanting sweetness of "Fantastic Mr. Fox" has been transplanted into "Moonrise Kingdom," a delicate period love story whose slightness is mitigated by its deep feeling.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
This is Anderson being Anderson. I'm quite happy with that. It's realistic imagination overload.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The biggest coup here is that Anderson has finally managed to anchor his trademark whimsy with a sincere and heady romanticism, and by the end, you may even be reaching for your immaculately embroidered handkerchief (or neck scarf) to wipe away the tears.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
A worthy addition to Anderson's canon -- his deadpan wit meshes nicely with a generous view of human imperfections.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph