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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 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.
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 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
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
November 3, 2018
It's hard to forget Chiron once you've seen Moonlight.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 2, 2019
I never thought of Moonlight as a Black story, just a human one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.50/5
November 18, 2018
All the performances throughout are true and quietly heart-rending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 24, 2018
It's is a haunting, touching film that somehow, like its name, feels both hyper realistic and dreamlike.
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 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
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.
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