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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.
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.
March 9, 2017
Moonlight is revelation.
February 22, 2017
Cinematic experiences like this don't come around very often, where you bear witness to a vision that feels both completely fresh, and as universal and deeply personal as film-making can get.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 3, 2017
Moonlight may not be a film for everyone, but it's a film everyone should be encouraged to see.
January 23, 2017
The societal import of a work of art - in this case Moonlight - is vital to our understanding of it as a whole but should not make a work of art beyond reproach.
February 21, 2017
Moonlight looks ravishing, but loses the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2016
Though Moonlight employs a stylistic, arthouse approach as opposed to a traditional narrative, it is nonetheless an important one to watch for people of all walks of life.
November 5, 2016
An intimate tale that will leave you deeply affected [and] one of the best films of 2016.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
March 22, 2017
Through each of their performances, and the rich narrative, Jenkins delivers an authentic, necessary statement of black male self-love.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 20, 2016
A film with a name that radiates delicacy and shines with the simplicity, with a story simple but deep; hard and beautiful at the same time. [Full review in Spanish]
December 1, 2016
Despite its melancholy, and at times upsetting subject matter, Moonlight is a film with a genuine, openhearted message: love survives. Surely the hardest of hearts would be moved by this beautiful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
September 26, 2016
Moonlight feels almost as prescient as it is heartbreaking -- which is to say, profoundly.
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