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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)



Critic Consensus: Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best.

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Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl. -- (C) Focus Features

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Bruce Willis
as Captain Sharp
Edward Norton
as Scout Master Ward
Bill Murray
as Mr. Bishop
Frances McDormand
as Mrs. Bishop
Tilda Swinton
as Social Services
Bob Balaban
as The Narrator
Lucas Hedges
as Redford
Tommy Nelson
as Nickleby
Larry Pine
as Mr. Billingsley
Eric Chase Anderson
as Secretary McIntire
Jake Ryan
as Lionel
Liz Callahan
as Mrs. Billingsley
Christine Noel
as Noah's Wife
John Peet
as Junior Khaki Scout Master
Carolyn Pickman
as Mrs. Lynn
Kevin DeCoste
as Morse Code Khaki Scout
Harvey Keitel
as Commander Pierce
Tyler Metivier
as Bugle Khaki Scout
Cooper Murray
as Indian Chief Khaki Scout
Coledyn Garrow
as Trampoline Khaki Scout
Ben Haffner
as Archery Khaki Scout
Michael Malvesti
as B-B-Q Khaki Scout
Rich Conant
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Johnathon Deneault
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Jack TeJean Hartman
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Preston Hatch
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Alex Milne
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Jordan Puzzo
as Ft. Lebanon Khaki Scout
Steve Smith
as Weather Man
Roman Keitel
as Acolyte's Assistant
Derek Sardella
as Pigeon Scout
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Critic Reviews for Moonrise Kingdom

All Critics (266) | Top Critics (73)

Charming, enveloping, seriously funny, and beautiful.

June 10, 2021 | Full Review…

Moonrise Kingdom makes a winning appeal to the precious joys of the pre-teen imagination circa 1965.

August 29, 2017 | Full Review…

The film is frequently funny, always elegant (or mock-elegant), and something that would make Humbert Humbert laugh all the way to his asylum.

June 17, 2013 | Full Review…

It's not my favourite Wes Anderson film but I do like it very much.

August 30, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5

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.

August 30, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Most of Wes Anderson's previous pictures came from the head; Moonrise Kingdom is one from the heart.

June 21, 2012 | Rating: 4/4

Audience Reviews for Moonrise Kingdom

Charming and whimsical, herein is a call to separate from the lousy group that treats you badly, and to lovingly embrace yourself. If someone else wants to embrace you: that's even better. Wes Anderson on steroids.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I guess that Wes Anderson was probably bored with his toys when he decided to make this movie, out of a lack of anything better to do, for he clearly has nothing to say here and throws everything he can think of (including a great cast) in this pointless, unfunny mess that leads nowhere.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


After a second viewing: I think I was too ready to love this movie. Great cast, great style, and sweet story of young love, but there's also a "same old Wes Anderson" feeling to it; it's almost belaboured. Despite Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, you rarely laugh out loud, and it's almost played too straight: trying to be too sweet. Anderson makes unique films, and I do like them all, but he may be getting stale. He hasn't blown me away since The Royal Tenenbaums. I have great expectations for The Grand Budapest Hotel, and in a way, I think he needs to knock that one out of the park in order to keep making the kinds of movies he wants to make. I'm starting to see a Tim Burton career parallel, in which he ends up only getting work from Disney. It wouldn't be the worst think in the world, but it would lead to compromises in his films' most valuable aspect: their aesthetic.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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