Box Office - 10/01/2002
"...It's an auteur piece of filmmaking without pretension....It hits all the right beats of sadness and humor..."
New York Times - 09/27/2002
"...MOONLIGHT MILE has an understated, lived-in quality and a wry, unforced sense of the absurd..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/27/2002
"...With a sly smile and a natural vulnerability, Gyllenhaal easily handles the sadness, the anger and the sense of humor needed to make his character's plight individual and not generic..."
USA Today - 09/27/2002
"...Though all the principals give powerful performances, it's Sarandon who especially shines in a heart-wrenching portrayal that makes good use of her intelligence and wit..."
Variety - 09/16/2002
"...Pompeo makes a vivid first impression....[The] production choices are first-class..."
Hollywood Reporter - 09/10/2002
"...With flashes of humor and honest, well-delineated characters that tend to drift north of where you expect to find them, the film takes its own particular path to a family's healing..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/14/2003
Total Film - 03/01/2003
"...An involving, well-observed drama....Give it a go..."
Uncut - 01/01/2004
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, and Susan Sarandon, MOONLIGHT MILE is a romantic drama set in 1966. Joe (Gyllenhaal) is grieving over the death of his fiancee, Diana, and is living with her parents, Ben (Hoffman) and JoJo (Sarandon). Though Joe just wants to do what's right, he openly admits that he has no plan, no answers, and needs time to sort things out. Meanwhile, Ben and JoJo cling to him as their only hope after losing their daughter, and the rest of the world expects him to bounce back into dating without a moment's pause. Joe's awkwardness and unquenchable efforts to be helpful provide for some touching and softly comedic moments. The New England setting of the film, the '60s cars and clothes, and the excellent soundtrack (Sly & The Family Stone, T-Rex, Bob Dylan) provide enough atmosphere to move this emotional story right along. But it isn't until Joe meets another woman (Ellen Pompeo), who also lost someone she loved, that he regains hope and begins to be true to himself and to the people around him.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
Oscar® winners Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor, 1980, Kramer vs. Kramer), Susan Sarandon (Best Actress, 1996, Dead Man Walking), and Holly Hunter (Best Actress, 1994, The Piano) star with Jake Gyllenhaal (The Good Girl) in Moonlight Mile -- an uplifting story of endearing honesty and humor. When Joe Nast (Gyllenhaal) experiences an unexpected loss, he wants to be the man he believes everyone wants him to be -- the dutifully bereaved husband-to-be and the perfect would-be son-in-law to Ben (Hoffman) and Jojo (Sarandon). But then another woman unexpectedly enters his life, and he's torn between fulfilling his new roles and following his heart.