'Moon' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   7 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   186 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    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.
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  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    A heartfelt, if self-consciously derivative drama of human loneliness.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    An intelligent, evocative and deceptively low-key sci-fi adventure.
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  • Dan Zak Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Storywise, Moon fails to live up to the promise of its premise. There's plenty of atmosphere, but little gravity.
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  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
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  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
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  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    100
    Why don't we see movies this mesmerizing more often?
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  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Mr. Rockwell gives a brilliant performance, the physical production is impressive and Moon made me think.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
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  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This eerie drama harks back to sci-fi movies of the late 60s and early 70s that explored inner as well as outer space.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
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  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Moon is first-rate science fiction, tackling such issues as identity, individuality and the effects of isolation on the psyche and the soul.
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  • Sara Vilkomerson New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
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  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Moon actually gets a little dull in the later reels, just when it should be peaking in mystery and tension.
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  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Though we love pretentious grand sci-fi, this film feels kind of thin, just a corporate scandal-philosoph'cal show.
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  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
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  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    88
    The under-appreciated Rockwell finally gets a leading role -- make that roles -- worthy of his considerable talent.
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  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Watching Moon is kind of like seeing a booster rocket thrust seventies' sci-fi films deeper into orbit.
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  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
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  • Duane Byrge Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A well-assembled sci-fi thriller.
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  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Moon does something extraordinary: It seems familiar and derivative, yet upends your expectations about science fiction and surprises you over and over.
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  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
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  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
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