“Almost imperceptibly the story shifts into a zanier mode that will include a major car chase, shootouts and SWAT-team action in the grand Budapest Hotel, with a satisfying side of redemption. Mundruczco didn’t need to deliver any overt philosophical messages through dialogue, but he threw one in anyway.” – Barbara Scharres (RogerEbert.com)
“White God” premiered a few years back at Cannes and proved to be an acclaimed hit at the fest. What was most exciting was the emergence of a new talent, director Kornél Mundruczó. He is back at Cannes, this time in official competition, with the ambitious sci-fi religious epic Jupiter’s Moon… The movie doesn’t lack in ambition, always a good thing, but it also doesn’t seem to really find its own distinctive identity either.” – Jordan Ruimy (World of Reel)
“Playing in Competition, Jupiter’s Moon is an odd mongrel — a sort of combination of Children Of Men and an X-Men movie that won’t stop lecturing the audience about the points it wants to make. That intriguing juxtaposition will lure discriminating art-house crowds, but mixed reviews may dampen enthusiasm.” – Tim Grierson (Screen Daily)
Those mixed reviews partly come from the visual, set-piece nature of the picture. Logic would suggest it might split too much to be considered for the top prizes, which does hinder Kornél Mundruczó and his long shot Best Director status – where again there are so many that could trump him here.