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  • Summary: When the death of his grandmother leaves young Carlitos alone, he takes his fate into his own hands and heads north across the border to find his mother. As he journeys from his rural Mexican village to the L.A. barrio, Carlitos faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles with a steely determination and unfettered optimism that earn him the grudging respect and affection of a reluctant protector, a middle-aged migrant worker named Enrique. The unlikely pair finds their way from Tucson to East L.A., but the only clue Carlitos has to his mother's whereabouts is her description of the street corner from which she has called him each Sunday for the last four years. Unaware that Rosario is just hours away from returning to Mexico to be with her son, Carlitos and Enrique desperately comb the vast, unfamiliar city for a place he has seen only in his imagination. (Fox Searchlight) Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The film says that the U.S. immigrant situation is untenable, but then it forces US to ask: What should be done?
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The result is a genuinely cathartic night at the movies - which is one of the reasons we go to them in the first place. Art it ain't, but popcorn is rarely this skilled or seductive.
  3. 75
    Instead of delivering a pointed statement, this timely and energetic crowd-pleaser aims for -- and accomplishes -- something much more difficult: It makes you fall in love with its characters.
  4. If Under the Same Moon is formula melodrama, the film is well acted and its lead character perceptively drawn.
  5. An estimated 4 million Latinas leave one or more children behind when they travel north to find work. They deserve a more nuanced film, but this one’s often affecting.
  6. This largely Spanish-language film brings on the waterworks because its core story is undeniably affecting. The whole movie, however, would be more convincing if the elements around that vital core were more multidimensional and less contrived.
  7. Your enjoyment of this picaresque tearjerker may depend on how much you can tolerate its shameless contrivances and didactic social realism, whereby the story exists only to illustrate the plight of illegal aliens. I was ultimately more moved than appalled, but it was a close contest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. GloriaG.
    Apr 7, 2008
    Surely one of my favorites for this 2008 !, a smart script, good actings, bravo México!.
  2. ChellyV.
    Mar 31, 2008
    Hi !, I just wanna add that this movie worths every minute you pay for see it, like no one other movie did it last year ( except ratatouille ) this touch your heart in a special way, is completely honest and you want to see more when u you see...the end. Expand
  3. LucyP.D.
    Apr 4, 2008
    I can see some critics give a low rate altough they express many good things they found in the movie... a teerjerker movie is somthing bad?, they want more blood?, violent movies?, more "no happy endings " finals to give awards?...anyway, I enjoyed a lot this great movie, I love it!. Expand
  4. PaulK.
    Mar 24, 2008
    I don't know where the critics are on this one. I mean, yes this movie is contrived, but all movies are to a degree. Under The Same Moon just suffers from having a script that is somewhat obvious. It's a feel good movie which won the audience award at the Denver Film Fest last November and at the screening I saw this past weekend, the small audience applauded at the end. So some will say this is a "crowd pleaser", which may be condescending, but it's appropriate. The acting is impeccable and Adrian Alonso who plays Carlitos easily carries this film. The emotion he generates is palpable. The final frame is understated, but brilliant in it's simplicity revealing a subtle, but powerful ending. Expand
  5. JulieR.
    Apr 14, 2008
    I don't care if I was a bit emotionally manipulated. I loved this movie with a happy ending. The audience at the theatre clapped at the end - that says a lot!!! Expand
  6. GregD.
    Apr 5, 2008
    It may be a "gratuitous" tear-jerker, but as those movies go, it's fantastic. Adrian Alonso is positively incredible.
  7. ChadS.
    Apr 6, 2008
    We love plucky children. And Carlitos(Adrian Alonso) has pluck. We also love to sympathize with mothers who make sacrifices for their children. Carlitos was five the last time Rosario(Kate del Castillo) tucked her son into bed. He's nine, now. "Misma luna, La" speaks to our love for plucky kids and their self-sacrificing moms. It sidesteps, however, our attitude towards illegal border crossers who aren't cute and charismatic cherubs, or milfs with smoldering eyes. If "Misma luna, La" was serious about making its case about a Mexican's right to live in the states, Enrique(Eugenio Derbez) should've just walked on by. You like him, yes, because he performed a heroic deed. Your moviegoing-self might even be a little sad about his impending departure. Meanwhile, your real world-self feels a sense of satisfaction that this unskilled laborer will be deported back to the other Los Angeles on the other side of our country. A film such as Ken Loach's "Bread and Roses", or a novel like "Highwire Days" by Susan Straight, doesn't make hypocrites out of its viewers, or readers. With little, or no shameless manipulation, both movie and book made you confront your actual capacity for clemency, or none to speak of, in some cases, towards our neighbors to the south. But "Misma luna, La" shouldn't be penalized for what it isn't. It's just a crowd-pleaser. And does it please? Yes. Bottom line: we're rooting for a mother and child reunion. Expand

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