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Moonlight Reviews

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February 14, 2019
What writer/director [Barry] Jenkins has done here is capture a small experience and endow it with a universality while still maintaining its unique perspective. It is an astonishing feat.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 8, 2019
Like with Linklater's film, the cumulative details figure into the Moonlight's indelible powers, inspiring some of the most richly composed imagery you'll find in contemporary American cinema.
February 5, 2019
In the hands of director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the theater piece "Moonlight" is based on, it's cinematic poetry birthed from the sea, where learning to swim is akin to a baptism.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
January 29, 2019
The actors and this story are at the heart of the film.
January 9, 2019
In times of Ferguson, in the times that Eric Garner lived, it is radical to see Moonlight's Chiron still have enough love to give to Kevin.
December 12, 2018
...holistically beautiful. Its cinematography, its performances, its narrative, its ideas, its moments-there is an aura of empathy and glory surrounding all of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 10, 2018
[Barry] Jenkin's exceptional coming-of-age drama stays firmly planted in your mind by challenging the stilted ways of the past, causing you to look inward and reflect. It's a moving, unshakable piece of cinema that is not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 18, 2018
All the performances throughout are true and quietly heart-rending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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