Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    In its warmth and in its enchantment, as well as in its laughs, this is the best comedy in a long time.
  2. 100
    Sold as a romance, but actually is one of the funniest pictures to come out in quite some time. [15 Jan 1988]
  3. 100
    Such nourishing comedy. It satisfies every hunger, especially the irrational ones that seem to hit hardest at holidays: hunger for impetuous romance and for the reassuring warmth of family, for reckless abandon, and for knowing who we are and what we want. [16 Dec 1987]
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The most beguiling romantic comedy this side of "Broadcast News." [11 Jan 1988]
  5. 100
    A great big beautiful valentine of a movie, an intoxicating romantic comedy set beneath the biggest, brightest Christmas moon you ever saw. It's a monster moon, a Moby Dick of a moon, whose radiance fills the winter sky and every cranny of this joyous love story.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    A delightful surprise... Jewison does his best work in decades. [21 Dec 1987]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Carried by snappy dialog and a wonderful ensemble full of familiar faces.
  8. 90
    Moonstruck isn't heartfelt; it's an honest contrivance – the mockery is a giddy homage to our desire for grand passion. With its special lushness, it's a rose-tinted black comedy. [25 Jan 1988, p.99]
  9. Most of the acting is as real and warm as the characters themselves. And the streets, shops, and living rooms of Brooklyn have never seemed more inviting. [29 Jan 1988]
  10. From the first stylized shot to the final comic resolution, Moonstruck is completely sui generis - hard to describe but easy to love.
  11. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Simply stated, it is difficult not to be swept up by this charming picture.
  12. The broad Italian family humor gets so thick at times that you could cut it with a bread knife.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    I enjoyed everything about Moonstruck except for its meandering mid-section. On cassette, with vino accompaniment, it may seem perfect. In theaters, with a diet drink, it still rates as the holiday sleeper. [18 Dec 1987]
  14. The process whereby Loretta and Ronny fall in love is a lot less appealing than the large-family drama unfolding around the Castorinis' kitchen table. [16 Dec 1987, p.C22]
  15. [(Cher's) never been better. [5 Jan 1988, p.22(E)]
  16. A corny, overblown romance, and while it eventually wins you over with its atmosphere and good nature, it's far from the masterpiece you've been hearing about. [15 Jan 1988]
  17. Two cheery notes: Nicolas Cage, as the erring brother, shows surprising signs of life, and Cher, as the erring fiancee, confounds those who swore she was a remote-control robot. [8 Feb 1988]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. MarioD
    Oct 9, 2005
    I could watch this movie again and again and again. One of the most charming ensemble casts I've ever seen. And one of the few films that really "gets" the Italian family right. Full Review »
  2. Jun 27, 2013
    It wasn't good, it was spectacular, wonderful. You'll love the performances, but Cher's, hers was the best. The music is beautiful, and you'll laugh every moment. Full Review »
  3. Apr 22, 2012
    I found this movie to be most charming, eloquently written, and just all around a silly romantic comedy. The banter between the characters portraying an Italian family couldn't have been more accurately. This classic Cher movie is one all movie lovers should watch in their life time. Full Review »