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Moonlight (2016)



Critic Consensus: Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.

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The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

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André Holland
as Adult Kevin
Trevante Rhodes
as Adult Chiron
Ashton Sanders
as Teen Chiron
Jharrel Jerome
as Teen Kevin
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Critic Reviews for Moonlight

All Critics (313) | Top Critics (50)

"Moonlight" arrives as a gift, one worth keeping - and regifting.

February 16, 2018 | Full Review…

An intimate and haunting drama.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Although Barry Jenkins' film is indeed about the struggles and difficulties of a person embracing his culturally reviled sexuality, the story is universal in scope and intent.

December 8, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Moonlight is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.

November 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Basking in this "Moonlight" is one of the cinematic joys of the year.

November 10, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Moonlight" is a film of rare grace - a tender, compassionate, restrained look at a life lived in the shadows.

November 4, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moonlight

Moonlight's excellent structure in storytelling, its powerful performances and thematic vision really emphasizes the film's sense of self-discovery. A unique presentation, filled with a superb use of music, colors, cinematography, and combined with its sheer drama makes this a monumentally notable tale of a lifetime that audiences can empathize with. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

"Moonlight" is captivating, poignant, disturbing, ugly, beautiful -- and most of all, "Moonlight" is radiant. With excellent acting and superb directing, "Moonlight" tells a tale of human identity emerging from a world steeped in vulnerability, fear, isolation and the cycles of abuse visited most harshly upon oppressed communities. It's is a thoughtful work of art well worth seeing.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

This film includes great direction, scoring and cinematography, and stand out performances by Naomi Harris and Ashton Sanders. Despite all of that, and it's relevant and "important" subject matter, it is still the movie equivalent of Rohypnol and left no impression on me at all. The bullying scenes were a little too "after-school special" and fake, and its snail-like pace really tests the audience. This film will get faux love, genuine love, faux criticism and genuine criticism, so it may be hard to determine if you should go see it. I say, unless you have a particular interest, save your time and money.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

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