(2009)

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88
Rolling Stone
Moon is a potent provocation that relies on ideas instead of computer tricks to stir up excitement.
83
Moon is enjoyable as much for its small scale and solid execution as for its crazy twists and creeping existential dread.
80
Moon is one of those rare gems of the sci-fi genre that takes its acting as seriously as it treats its special effects.
80
Under Duncan Jones' kinetic direction, Moon also shines on the production front: Cinematographer Gary Shaw's shaded shots intensify the drama, and Clint Mansell's music heightens the psycho-scape.
75
Moon, a superb first feature directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son) and starring an impressive Sam Rockwell, is an intelligent, evocative and deceptively low-key sci-fi adventure.
70
Variety
Despite its handsome look and good thesping workout for Sam Rockwell, the story stretches a bit thin over feature length.
70
The film's ideas are interesting, but don't feel entirely worked out, and Mr. Rockwell's intriguingly strange performance (or performances) is left suspended, without the context that would give Sam's plight its full emotional and philosophical impact. The smallness of this movie is decidedly a virtue, but also, in the end, something of a limitation.
67
The double role suits Rockwell perfectly -- in fact, it suits him a little too well.
50
Village Voice
Impressively pulled together on a modest budget, Moon has a strong lead and a valid philosophical premise but, despite Bell's fissured psyche, the drama is inert.
50
Try as they might, the filmmakers never hit the outer reaches of imagination that both Kubrick and Bowie did. Which is not to say the film completely implodes into a black hole either.

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