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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All Critics (350) | Top Critics (52)

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

Feb 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The combination of artistry and emotional directness in this film is overwhelming.

Feb 16, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

An intimate and haunting drama.

Feb 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.

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

The indie drama touches on themes of race, sexuality and isolation in ways that are rarely depicted in cinema.

Nov 22, 2016 | 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.

Nov 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moonlight

Mahershala Ali stars as Chiron's guardian in this heartbreaking drama of discrimination and forbidden love. Wish he would've been more involved in the rest of the story.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

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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

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"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

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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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