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70
Overall, "Moonlight" is a nuttily engaging tale of betrayal and, perhaps, redemption.
63
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's a pleasure to watch Ryan resurrect her trademark persona, a mix of perkiness and pique, as she flounces around the room. But it's shaded with a middle-age desperation that's half real and half chick-flick shtick.
50
There's a lot of yelling, cracking wise, and cooing in this creepy rom-com.
40
Variety
A less-than-frothy domestic showdown starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton, it owes as much to Edward Albee as to Nora Ephron, with an occasional nod to "A Clockwork Orange."
40
Village Voice
Serious Moonlight has a backstory much more intriguingly dramatic than what's onscreen.
40
Has neither enough bite nor enough heart to sustain it as a female-revenge-fantasy-cum-romantic-comedy; even its “shocking” switcheroo and faux-edgy moments seem remarkably frivolous and flavorless.
33
The bitter comedy Serious Moonlight is meant to be both funny and painful, but manages only the latter.
30
A very shallow comedy. For the real thing, rent “The Ref,” in which Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis, with a boost from Glynis Johns, set the house on fire.
25
Serious Moonlight is a tonal disaster, distasteful and sentimental by turns. It was probably a mistake to have Hines try to walk that same delicate line that took Shelly her entire career to master.
20
It's also suffocatingly stagy, especially when the husband's new love (Kristen Bell) and a violent thief (Justin Long) show up.

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