Slant Magazine gives it 3 1/2 stars out of 4 and says, "it doesn't take the director long to show why his films can never be reduced to the superficial elements which are all his many imitators seem capable of grasping." Rolling Stone also gives it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars and closes with this: "the hilarious and heartfelt Moonrise Kingdom is a consistent pleasure. By evoking the joys and terrors of childhood, it reminds us how to be alive." Slate says, "Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) is fun: a gorgeously shot, ingeniously crafted, über-Andersonian bonbon that, even in its most irritatingly whimsical moments, remains an effective deliverer of cinematic pleasure." Empire Online closes by saying, "This is a delightful film of innocence lost and regained ... Charming, daft, bright and joyful. Very — yes, okay — Wes Anderson-y." Roger Ebert gives it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars (reviews look weirdly consistent in stars awarded) and says,
In Anderson's films, there is a sort of resignation to the underlying melancholy of the world; he is the only American director I can think of whose work reflects the Japanese concept mono no aware, which describes a wistfulness about the transience of things.Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 94%.