Moonstruck

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Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

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  • Summary: In this romantic comedy, Loretta (Cher), a young widow, feels unlucky in love and is content to wed a man she does not love (Aiello)...until she meets and falls hopelessly in love with his younger brother (Cage).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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.
  2. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    The most beguiling romantic comedy this side of "Broadcast News." [11 Jan 1988]
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    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. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: David Sterritt
    88
    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]
  5. The broad Italian family humor gets so thick at times that you could cut it with a bread knife.
  6. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    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]
  7. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    50
    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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jun 27, 2013
    10
    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'llIt 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. Expand
  2. MarioD
    Oct 9, 2005
    10
    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 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. Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2015
    10
    A really lovely movie about love, falling in love, marriage, who to marry and why, and why you just can't fight it when it happens to you.A really lovely movie about love, falling in love, marriage, who to marry and why, and why you just can't fight it when it happens to you. Cher was great, she should have won an Oscar. I don't have a lot of DVDs but this one is in my collection. Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2015
    10
    total "comfort" film. enjoyable for beginning to end, all while enjoying each character. Cinematography, soundtrack and storyline aretotal "comfort" film. enjoyable for beginning to end, all while enjoying each character. Cinematography, soundtrack and storyline are exceptional. And exceptionally fun. Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2012
    8
    I found this movie to be most charming, eloquently written, and just all around a silly romantic comedy. The banter between the charactersI 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. Collapse
  6. Jul 1, 2015
    3
    Unfunny, unromantic, unrealistic, and all around annoying, Moonstruck is a complete and utter failure in my book. Cher is annoying in the leadUnfunny, unromantic, unrealistic, and all around annoying, Moonstruck is a complete and utter failure in my book. Cher is annoying in the lead role, Danny Aiello is alright but his character is literally an idiot, leaving Nicolas Cage as the only good part of the film (though his character is quick to get attached, eh?). The film feels as if it was made by some teenager romanticizing about love, who has no idea what love really is. I would know because I am not too far removed from those days myself. Completely lacking any substance, believable romance, and jokes, Moonstruck falls flat from the very beginning and the longer it goes on, the more and more you get annoyed by its very presence. A shame really because Cage is great here, so he wasted a good performance on a terrible film, which I guess is pretty characteristic of him. Expand

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