The Man in the Moon (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Man in the Moon (1991)



Critic Consensus: It's sentimental, and some viewers may feel manipulated by the melodramatic final act, but The Man in the Moon offers a finely drawn coming-of-age story with an excellent cast -- including Reese Witherspoon in her film debut.

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Based on a true story, two sisters compete for the romantic attentions of the same man.

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Jason London
as Court Foster
Tess Harper
as Abigail
Dennis Letts
as Doc White
Earleen Bergeron
as Mrs. Sanders
Anna Chappell
as Mrs. Taylor
Brandi Smith
as Missy Trant
Derek Ball
as Foster Twin
Spencer Ball
as Foster Twin
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Moon

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

Newcomer Witherspoon manages to strike exactly the right note as the tomboy on the verge of womanhood while Waterston works on several levels at once.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The heart-warming tone steadily becomes overheated.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Gets an outstandingly natural performance out of Miss Witherspoon, who has no trouble carrying a lot of the film single-handedly. It falls to her to remind the audience that this story is at heart about a family, and she does.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

"The Man in the Moon" is a wonderful movie, but it is more than that, it is a victory of tone and mood. It is like a poem.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This cast is a knock-out. As the parents, veterans Sam Waterston, Tess Harper and Gail Strickland lead these novice teen actors in setting standards that these young performers will spend the rest of their careers trying to emulate.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"The Man in the Moon" is an intimate, sentimental coming-of-age drama, a sweet little puppy love movie crushed by the enormity of its tragic twists.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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Great story of first love and loss set in 1957. It is fun watching Reese Witherspoon acting at the age 14.

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Red Lats

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Wonderful, heartwarming movie...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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For a kid's movie, a surprisingly non-cheesy but still warming story with wonderful pastoral images. Grass and Elvis makes me melt. Reese emerged as an actress well-aware of the nuances and intonations necessary to shoot this role to the next level. It sucks that this preteen role is more edgy than any Four Christmases crap she's relegated to now. PS. I'm glad Jason London at least got to have sex before the accident.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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