Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. A film of exceptional emotional honesty.
  2. Even when it turns turbulent, the film sustains its warm summer glow, and makes itself a conversation piece about the moral issues it means to raise.
  3. Reviewed by: Laura Shin
    90
    A Walk on the Moon not only effectively captures the emotional development of all its characters, but it also neatly encapsulates the tumult of the 60s.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    The elements in A Walk on the Moon, which is directed by the actor Tony Goldwyn (the bad guy in "Ghost") and written by Pamela Gray, feel miraculously right.
  5. Reviewed by: Abby McGanney Nolan
    80
    Tony Goldwyn, making his directorial debut, lets his cast do the work for him, and they hold up well.
  6. 80
    The actor Tony Goldwyn, directing his first movie, and working from a fine screenplay by Pamela Gray, beautifully captures a moment in which the straitened moral world of the lower-middle-class Jewish characters is beginning to open up -- with necessarily painful results.
  7. Pamela Gray's script and the way these actors bring the characters to life are the film's real treasures.
  8. 75
    Whenever the drama drifts into soap opera, the actors restore the balance.
  9. A nostalgia movie that doesn't get sticky with false sentiment.
  10. Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    75
    First-time director Tony Goldwyn (scion of the family that started MGM) brings a freshness to an old story.
  11. 75
    Moments of light comedy keeps the tone from becoming too heavy without sabotaging the movie's dramatic underpinning.
  12. 70
    This intimate, bittersweet romance is proof that a familiar story and the trappings of a done-to-death era can still seem fresh and engaging in the right hands.
  13. Paula Gray wrote the script (it was her UCLA senior thesis), and if there are gooey spots, there's also nicely turned, lived-in dialogue and a gentle affection for all her characters.
  14. It believes, in the end, in the decency of most people.
  15. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    67
    The tone of this tale is more easy-listening than acid rock.
  16. Standing back a step from A Walk on the Moon's dippy charms, the movie delivers less than it initially promises.
  17. It's just a simple, actorly drama about big, gaping emotional needs and the consequences a woman can face -- particularly during the 1960s -- for simply owning up to them.
  18. 60
    The movie, which leans too heavily on the metaphorical value of the two historic events, dives from heady romance into heavy moralizing.
  19. 50
    The movie's problem is that it loads the casting in a way that tilts the movie in the direction of a Harlequin romance.
  20. Though short on subtlety, A Walk on the Moon does offer the consolation of some decent performances.
  21. Reviewed by: Glenn Lovell
    50
    Despite strategic references to Joan Baez and pot, pic's sense of time and place feels synthetic.
  22. Reviewed by: Trevor Lewis
    40
    The romantic plotting is so cliched that the denouement may as well have been e-mailed, and the director has fooled himself into believing that a rousing soundtrack is adequate shorthand for the mood of the flower power generation.

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