Film Comment - 05/01/2012
"The paint-tube-pure hues of MOONRISE KINGDOM evoke picture books but also reinforce subtle connections between the characters....MOONRISE KINGDOM has a spontaneity and yearning that lend an easy comic rhythm..."
Wall Street Journal - 05/24/2012
"[B]eguiling and endearing....[The] new film, in radiant live-action, is very much its own creation..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/25/2012
"[A] warm and funny fable about kids on the cusp....Here the writer-director's tendency toward the allegorical casts a magical spell with Anderson finding a near perfect balance between the humanism and the surreal that imprints all of his work..."
New York Times - 05/24/2012
"MOONRISE KINGDOM breezes along with a beautifully coordinated admixture of droll humor, deadpan and slapstick."
Rolling Stone - 05/24/2012
"[T]he hilarious and heartfelt MOONRISE KINGDOM is a consistent pleasure. By evoking the joys and terrors of childhood, it reminds us how to be alive."
Box Office - 05/16/2012 4 stars out of 5 -- "The director of quirky fare with a rabid cult-like following has made a charming, magical and really funny new work about two unique young kids discovering love...it's the director's most accessible movie yet."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/30/2012 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The success of MOONRISE KINGDOM depends on its understated gravity....What happens in a fantasy can be more involving than what happens in life, and thank goodness for that."
USA Today - 05/24/2012 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Literate, melancholy and magical, MOONRISE KINGDOM is quintessential Wes Anderson..."
Movieline - 05/24/2012
"MOONRISE KINGDOM, like all of Anderson's films, has been made with a master miniature-cabinetmaker's care and specificity..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/01/2012
"Anderson hasn't lost his puckishly charming genius for cinema-as-diorama visuals..."
Total Film - 06/01/2012 4 stars out of 5 -- "The watery colours and artful compositions delight in details....The return of a distinct voice in wry, refined and high style."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2012
"MOONRISE KINGDOM is very funny, possibly Wes Anderson's funniest film since RUSHMORE..."
Director/co-writer Wes Anderson teams with screenwriter Roman Coppola for this period comedy-drama set in the 1960s, in which a pair of young lovers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) from an island off the New England coast head for the hills and throw their small town into a frenzy. Bruce Willis co-stars with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Frances McDormand.