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"Moonrise Kingdom" opens with limited release to excellent reviews

Newcomers Kara Hayward as Suzy and Jared Gilman as Sam in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom." Focus Features

(CBS News) Wes Anderson's latest film "Moonrise Kingdom," which opened the Cannes Film Festival this year, has made its way to the U.S. in limited release Friday.

The film, set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, follows two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. The film stars Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman.

Critics have given the film rave reviews and it has received a 96 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Claudia Puig of USA Today called it Anderson's "best film since 1998's 'Rushmore,' it has none of the self-conscious smugness of 'The Life Aquatic' or the empty eccentricity of 'The Royal Tenenbaums.'"

Matt Stevens of E! agreed, saying, "The delightful 'Moonrise Kingdom' marks a career high for offbeat auteur Wes Anderson."

"A gorgeously shot, ingeniously crafted, uber-Andersonian bonbon that, even in its most irritatingly whimsical moments, remains an effective deliverer of cinematic pleasure," said Dana Stevens of Slate.

New York Times reviewer Manohla Dargis said, "'Moonrise Kingdom' breezes along with a beautifully coordinated admixture of droll humor, deadpan and slapstick."

Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal called "Moonrise Kingdom" "beguiling and endearing."

Check out the trailer for the film below.

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