...create[s] an exhilarating viewing experience that nevertheless carries a haunting weight. It's an extraordinary thing, from start to finish.
—Glenn Kenny MSN Movies
...it is every inch a Wes Anderson joint, and he isn’t exploring much new territory. But don’t dismiss it. This is terrific work by an enviably talented filmmaker, with a wistful poignance that will stick with you.
—Eric D. Snider Film.com
One of the strangest — and one of the best — movies of the year.
—Richard Roeper ReelzChannel
Anderson has the ability to control our emotions just as expertly as his camera.
—Ian Buckwalter NPR
If you love Wes Anderson, you'll love this: The best of what he can do is vibrantly on display.
—Christy Lemire Associated Press
Literate, melancholy and magical, Moonrise Kingdom is quintessential Wes Anderson, infused with his brand of daffy wit.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
The people in [Wes Anderson's] work, their passions and dramas, are true and recognizable — and rarely more deeply felt than in Moonrise Kingdom.
—Manohla Dargis New York Times
Anderson is oxygen in a Hollywood choking from chasing its own greed-driven tail.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
For some viewers, [it] may be movie heaven, another bric-a-brac-jammed bauble... Personally, though, I wish that Anderson would come out from under the glass, or at least change what he's doing under there.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
Self-consciously clever to a fault... All but smothers the movie.
—Leonard Maltin ReelzChannel