The film is frequently funny, always elegant (or mock-elegant), and something that would make Humbert Humbert laugh all the way to his asylum.
David Thomson, The New Republic, 2013-06-17
Most of Wes Anderson's previous pictures came from the head; Moonrise Kingdom is one from the heart.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2012-06-21
Anderson never loses his core themes - young love, the need to escape, the bind and bluster of family. His "Kingdom" may not be large, but it is perfectly appointed.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2012-06-15
Phonies may complain that Anderson's island of misfit toys is a retreat from the real world, but for pure-hearted adventurers who share the secret map, "Moonrise Kingdom" is a joy that cannot be eclipsed.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-06-08
Though undeniably smart and charming, "Moonrise Kingdom" loves itself the way the callow Holden Caulfield loves himself: unconditionally. Salinger understood the problem with that. Anderson may not.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2012-06-08
"Moonrise Kingdom" takes place in a world where everything seems pleasantly faded, where people read crackly-covered library books rather than e-books, and where young people are allowed to be genuinely innocent.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2012-06-07
The latest unadulterated delight from Wes Anderson, director of "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox."
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012-06-07
The usual complaints and caveats about Anderson - he's precious, his characters have no grounding in the real world - can be made about Moonrise Kingdom, but so what?
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2012-06-07
Anderson and his actors are able to convey more genuine feeling through these devices than most filmmakers can with more-traditional means.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2012-06-07
One knock against some of Anderson's previous efforts is that they're too clever - so clever, in fact, that the humanity gets sucked out of them. That doesn't happen here.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2012-06-05
Anderson's best feature since Rushmore, in part because, like that film, it takes as its primary subject matter odd, precocious children, rather than the damaged and dissatisfied adults they will one day become.
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, 2012-06-01
There's no denying the extravagant pleasures "Moonrise Kingdom" affords as an erudite wish-fulfillment fantasy of empowerment and autonomy.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2012-06-01
Last time out, in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson adapted a children's book by Roald Dahl. Now, in Moonrise Kingdom, he's made one of his own.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2012-06-01
It's an adventure, a love story, a biblical allegory complete with approaching storm, a mash note to composer Benjamin Britten and a profoundly touching discourse on the needs of troubled children.
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, 2012-05-31
"Moonrise Kingdom" is Anderson's seventh movie, and it's the first since "Rushmore" that works from the opening shot to the final image.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 2012-05-31
It's a fable about what it feels like to be 12 years old and afflicted, from head to toe, by a romantic crush the size of a planet.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2012-05-31
Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2012-05-31
Wes Anderson's most intimate film since Bottle Rocket (1996) and maybe his most deeply felt overall.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2012-05-30
Hayward and Gilman are newcomers who are asked to carry much of the film and pull it off with lovely understatement and extraordinary believability.
Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News, 2012-05-30