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9,456 Ratings

Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by Wes Anderson
United States, 2012
Comedy, Drama, Romance


During the summer of 1965, two teenager pen pals run away from their New England homes together, prompting their families and a troop of Boy Scouts to track them down.

Our take

The wacky and hyper-stylized world of Wes Anderson has never been so rich and charming than in Moonrise Kingdom, in which his usual ensemble cast (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and the list goes on!) is reunited to track down two young lovers on the lam. With a soundtrack to die for!

Moonrise Kingdom Directed by Wes Anderson

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2013 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards

2013 | 5 nominations including: Best Feature

Village Voice Film Poll

2012 | 3rd place: Best Screenplay

2012 | Nominee: Best Film

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) is an adventure movie in the true sense. It breathes an air of freedom and curiosity and what can only be called elation as it charts the flight of a pair of young runaways just emerging from childhood. They prove fitting heroes, figures not so much of bewildered innocence as of awakening brilliance and ferocious clarity of intention.
September 22, 2015
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That’s what Moonrise Kingdom abundantly offers: nesting love stories that chafe against one another, sparking inadvertent resentment, disillusionment, and, occasionally, the sort of unions and reunions that allow one to believe that anything’s possible.
September 21, 2015
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Moonrise Kingdom illuminates its director’s conflicted attraction toward… the classical “comedy of love” that, according to scholar G. Beiner, encompasses “courtship, marriage, friendship, family reunion, and . . . a return to a reconstituted civilized order”… Such comedy inevitably relies on a “temporary but extreme departure from everyday constraints,” but as with the return of the runaways in Moonrise Kingdom, it binds its escapees back into twisted knots of communal ties.
January 02, 2014
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