A Walk on the Moon

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  • Summary: During the tumultuous and revolutionary summer of 1969, a devoted New York housewife sets off on her annual vacation with her two children to the Catskills.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Standing back a step from A Walk on the Moon's dippy charms, the movie delivers less than it initially promises.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
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  1. Philippe
    Nov 19, 2005
    8
    A rare romantic drama that combines strong acting, a very well written script, and - what's more - a near total absence of schlock. They A rare romantic drama that combines strong acting, a very well written script, and - what's more - a near total absence of schlock. They say all good stories are love stories; this is one that has enough depth to stand the test of time. Strongly recommended, far too easily overlooked. Collapse
  2. Lyn
    Nov 29, 2014
    4
    Excellent and glowingly attractive cast can't quite rise above the cliched material -- although if you're a baby boomer, you'll probably enjoyExcellent and glowingly attractive cast can't quite rise above the cliched material -- although if you're a baby boomer, you'll probably enjoy the soundtrack. Of the many family-social screw-ups that took place during the summer of '69, I doubt that many were resolved so nicely! Not a fair comparison, perhaps, but I couldn't help thinking of Diane Lane's searing performance in a better movie in which she had an affair, "Unfaithful." Expand