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Moonlight Reviews

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February 17, 2017
A film where what prevails is a feeling of bewilderment as spectators, amidst great performances and photography. [Full review in Spanish]
February 1, 2017
Although it's not bad, I found it overrated, as it tells a story through a trite narrative formula and flat characters that we've already been seen in dozens of films. [Full review in Spanish]
November 3, 2016
Bullying, poverty, closeted sexuality, drug abuse, and racial strife combine to form an overworked agenda of cultural woes that's more concerned with rubber-stamping issues than telling an original story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 15, 2016
The acting elevates the clichés of Barry Jenkins's script into something approaching lived truth.
January 27, 2017
What begins as an arresting blend of lyrical storytelling and bad-neighbourhood harshness gradually ferments into a relentlessly melancholic dirge in dire need of somewhere to go...an early contender for the most overrated film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 1, 2017
Here is a movie designed to make white audiences proud of the tears they shed in a darkened theater because those salty drops of water prove just how sensitive they are, except not really.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 4, 2016
Moonlight's best moments come in Little's reaction to Juan's affection, but later scenes of Chiron's erotic confusion and Black's maudlin self-pity (he wears muscular drag yet succumbs to weakness) insist that viewers feel sorry for black gay males.
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.
September 20, 2017
This is a quiet and powerful film that everyone should try to catch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2017
Moonlight is a film that moves you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 12, 2017
It is tempting to call it a universal story, a timeless story, but this is too comforting, too glib.It is a specific story, of being queer, black and poor in America - still a story that is little told onscreen.
September 11, 2017
[Moonlight is] a slice of cinematic poetry with a vision all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2017
Moonlight is a complicated film, though the elements are so gracefully interwoven it never feels burdensome to the viewer.
September 12, 2017
In Moonlight, Barry Jenkins charts an intimate portrait of the plight of young African-American men and nods to the influence of spirituals in the African-American tradition of the Blues.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 29, 2017
Moonlight is among the best films of the year.
August 15, 2017
The masterful level of craft in the film is obvious.
September 27, 2017
The beauty in Moonlight is how it manages to preserve black manhood by actively destroying performative masculinity at every turn.
April 1, 2017
In Moonlight, moments of physical collision are filmed to emphasise their tactility.
Full Review | Original Score: Highly Recommended
March 23, 2017
Chiron's entire life is filled with so much pain and hardship that you can't help but feel an increasing sense of fear and tension that suddenly, things could go completely and tragically wrong. Imagine living with that fear every day of your life.
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