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Moonlight Reviews

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November 8, 2018
...a power-driven drama. Jenkins still fuels his small, yet piercing exposition, with a cemented conviction that fortifies the serene rage and manages to instill a convincing dose of sympathy for the periled players in Miami's hidden haven of a hellhole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 7, 2018
Moonlight could never fully live up to the widespread acclaim and hype - but the fact it manages to get close to cinematic perfection is a true testament to how strong the film is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 3, 2018
The film finds a watchful, plaintive ambience for documenting the legacy of machismo and problematic identity politics at the heart of young black male culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 3, 2018
It's hard to forget Chiron once you've seen Moonlight.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 2, 2018
Moonlight is a film rammed with fantastic performances. Filled with rich characterisation and powerful moments. it charts three different periods in the life of Chiron, a young, gay black man from inner-city Miami.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 31, 2018
Barry Jenkins' film is a lovely character study that retains its beauty even while examining ugly topics and their ugly effect on society.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 9, 2018
It is an earnest, sensitive rendering of the gulf between being black and being queer, remarkable as a testament to the fact that stories like this are rarely -- if ever -- made.
August 30, 2018
A relevantly mesmerizing film that daringly tackles a hard concept and accomplishes to make it relatable for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 27, 2018
Moonlight is an important and vital piece of black cinema, especially now. It's only through visibility that compassion can be nurtured and fostered, transforming solitude and confusion into hope and understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 24, 2018
It's is a haunting, touching film that somehow, like its name, feels both hyper realistic and dreamlike.
August 23, 2018
I can tell you "Moonlight" is one of the most intimate and beautiful films I have ever seen, and the subject matter might seem so charged that those of us who have not experienced the issues in the film don't even know how to talk about it.
August 21, 2018
"Moonlight" is gorgeously shot and wonderfully acted. Director and writer Barry Jenkins sets a high standard for tackling a delicate situation and it stands out in this masterfully woven narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 21, 2018
If our divided America is looking in the mirror trying to figure out what the future looks like, Moonlight reflects a complex portrait of compassion and community that still feels humanly possible.
August 21, 2018
The filmmaker's gaze is clear-eyed yet compassionate, and for a self-described straight ally, strikingly queer.
August 20, 2018
Moonlight is awash with both beauty and dignity. I know many of these people, and I suspect most African-Americans do as well.
August 15, 2018
This is a film for many eyes to enjoy on many different levels. You may need to try a bit harder finding this film than your average movie release, but it's well worth the dedication.
August 15, 2018
The film's originality isn't just in what Jenkins turns the volume way down on. It's what he makes room for.
August 6, 2018
It's impressionistic and image-rich, with swirling camera and lush color... a story about men's need to be tender.
April 26, 2018
A film about a shy person set in a milieu usually defined by ego and confrontation, Moonlight exposes violent male competition as sublimated, psychologically wounding, and pointless but survivable.
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.
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