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Moonlight Reviews

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April 19, 2018
[Barry] Jenkins gets superb performances that are all the more impressive given the relative paucity of dialogue, let alone frank verbal expression of emotions in a deliberately close-mouthed script.
March 21, 2018
Jenkins' authorial voice is resounding and strong and his determination admirable.
March 21, 2018
Part of what makes Moonlight such a revelation is Jenkins' delicate treatment of the inner lives of black men. There's a tenderness we rarely see as the film shines a light on a subculture where too often vulnerability is seen as weakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 21, 2018
Chirón's three sequences of physical confrontation with his surroundings have meaning and motive. [Full review in Spanish]
February 28, 2018
Moonlight transmits a message of self-acceptance with which any person - regardless of their gender, physical or social condition - can identify themselves... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2018
Moonlight is a beautifully layered film filled with so much emotional content and lyricism.
February 28, 2018
Moonlight is a rich and profound character study grappling with questions of race, masculinity, sexuality, class, and love with unerring confidence and poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2018
Stories like Moonlight, told humanely and intelligently, with complexity, nuance, and hope, may help more of its children envision their own.
February 26, 2018
... a detailed description of how helplessness leads to the construction of shells to survive. And how this armor can serve the outside world and the inner, blocking the desire and the ability to communicate, maybe forever. [Full review in Spanish]
February 16, 2018
"Moonlight" arrives as a gift, one worth keeping - and regifting.
January 25, 2018
Reveals a different type of coming-of-age story that takes a compelling approach to cultural and sexual identity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 24, 2018
Jenkins handles this intimate tale with assurance and delicacy, seducing us with the film's gorgeous photography and drawing us ever deeper into its hero's fraught journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 23, 2018
Moonlight is a powerful film, exquisitely made, that tells a story of how love can heal all wounds, especially if that love comes from an unexpected place.
January 9, 2018
Moonlight is a drama that can be separated from representational politics, but shouldn't be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 26, 2017
Moonlight is one of those rare movies that just doesn't take a wrong step. It is an astounding piece of cinema that compassionately taps into a facet of American life that is not often explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 21, 2017
Jenkins accomplishes what few filmmakers ever succeed at: to move out of the private story into a historical, social and cultural statement, without one element dominating or even detracting from the other.
November 19, 2017
It's a groundbreaking piece of cinematic film...
November 13, 2017
As a melancholy character piece about an inarticulate young man who can't quite become himself no matter how many permutations of his image he puts out into the world, this is strong stuff.
November 12, 2017
Powerful performances anchor a trilogy featuring a bullied African-American at three stages of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 8, 2017
What is remarkable about Moonlight is that Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney have crafted a film which has this place so deep in its bones that it strikes me as impossible to separate any aspect of its form from the context which produced it.
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