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Under the Same Moon Reviews

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December 14, 2008
Some plot twists and encounters go beyond broad brushstrokes for complex characterizations to make corny seem meaningful. Cast and music add richness beyond the predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
December 30, 2009
Story of seperated mother and child doesn't carry much emotional impact. Makes you wonder how much mi madre really cares. Turns into a road drama with the kid headed to Los Angeles. Just couldn't care for the characters. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 18, 2008
This look at the Mexican immigrant experience offers a few new ideas to the currently hot topic , but it's hard not to feel like we've seen this sort of story too many times in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 16, 2008
Under the Same Moon aims to get audiences to blubber at the trials of mother and child but doesn't persuasively put convincing flesh on people caught in the immigration firestorm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2008
Whatever you feel about illegal immigration, those affected certainly deserve to have their stories heard, and they definitely deserve less mawkish and by-the-book stories than this.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 30, 2008
the type of facile representations offered by the film do little to address the real issues at hand.
June 4, 2008
There are only three types of [legal] U.S. citizens in the film: cartoonish rich elitists, drug addicts, and whiny young Chicanos who've shunned their Mexican heritage.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 18, 2008
I wasn't having any of it. I don't believe it's the bloodied hand of cynicism either; just a natural response to clumsy filmmaking at its most pandering and unfairly exclusionary.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 19, 2008
Anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the immigrant experience won't find it in this disappointingly toothless drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 20, 2008
Another one of those soft, simpleminded imports specifically designed for Western arthouse audiences, with everything spelled out in dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2008
The film's destination feels overdetermined despite its sweetness.
April 4, 2008
A story that's too cute, too corny and too contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 21, 2008
Tries so hard to put a human face on the immigration issue that it ends up feeling as genuine as a plastic Halloween mask.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 9, 2008
a string of poorly-written, obvious clichés that litter the road many travel from Mexico City to the southern United States
| Original Score: 1/5
March 19, 2008
Directed, with visible earnestness, by Patricia Riggen, Under the Same Moon blunts the hard edges of immigration with a thick coating of preciousness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 19, 2008
The actual storytelling is so filled with sunshine and resilient good cheer that true pathos of the situation never rings true.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
March 19, 2008
Some situations may be too tied to contemporary reality to receive a fairy-tale touch. The illegal immigrant experience is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2008
[An] overly sentimental drama, which -- although sweetly well-intentioned -- is stereotypical and overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2008
A harmless feel-good movie that tries to tell audiences what it's like to be a victimized immigrant, and mostly winds up telling them what it's like to have their heartstrings yanked, gratuitiously and often.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 24, 2007
Manipulative storytelling and overly simplistic handling of a divisive issue.
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