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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.
February 28, 2018
Stories like Moonlight, told humanely and intelligently, with complexity, nuance, and hope, may help more of its children envision their own.
January 23, 2018
Moonlight is a powerful film, exquisitely made, that tells a story of how love can heal all wounds, especially if that love comes from an unexpected place.
March 21, 2018
Part of what makes Moonlight such a revelation is Jenkins' delicate treatment of the inner lives of black men. There's a tenderness we rarely see as the film shines a light on a subculture where too often vulnerability is seen as weakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 9, 2018
Moonlight is a drama that can be separated from representational politics, but shouldn't be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 19, 2017
It's a groundbreaking piece of cinematic film...
December 26, 2017
Moonlight is one of those rare movies that just doesn't take a wrong step. It is an astounding piece of cinema that compassionately taps into a facet of American life that is not often explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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