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Moonlight Reviews

February 2, 2017
An intimate and haunting drama.
December 8, 2016
Although Barry Jenkins' film is indeed about the struggles and difficulties of a person embracing his culturally reviled sexuality, the story is universal in scope and intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 11, 2016
Moonlight is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.
November 10, 2016
Basking in this "Moonlight" is one of the cinematic joys of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 4, 2016
"Moonlight" is a film of rare grace - a tender, compassionate, restrained look at a life lived in the shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
November 3, 2016
In its quietly radical grace, it's a cultural watershed - a work that dismantles all the ways our media view young black men and puts in their place a series of intimate truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 3, 2016
A deeply personal and visually mesmerizing drama that just might be the year's best movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 3, 2016
Touching and disturbing, avoiding clichés, shattering stereotypes and succeeding from every angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 2, 2016
It's less a story than a collection of moments, which leaves its viewer feeling moved and changed, as if you've spent time in someone else's dreams and woke up understanding who they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 2, 2016
The film soon moves from the familiar to the foreign, becoming a textured exploration of black masculinity and coming-of-age that plumbs beyond clichés and stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 2, 2016
"Moonlight" is a minor miracle, a movie that mines beauty out of the ugliest situations, and a glimmer of hope from heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 1, 2016
If you think art should challenge us, then you will embrace writer-director Barry Jenkins' exquisitely crafted drama Moonlight. It's a true American masterpiece and one of the best films of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 30, 2016
This is a humane movie, one that's looking to prompt empathy and introspection most of all. On those terms, Moonlight is one of the year's most gripping viewing experiences.
October 28, 2016
So few unexploitative movies are made about young black men, especially young black gay men, that the overpraise for this frail, sweet, discursive fantasia is understandable -- and forgivable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 28, 2016
It just needs to be watched and embraced, as an entirely fresh example of the power that great movies can exert on our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 28, 2016
Barry Jenkins's excellent Moonlight is a film filled with bittersweet ironies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 27, 2016
"Moonlight" is gorgeous and yet bleak, uplifting and yet sobering, exhilarating but also grounded in some unshakable realities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 27, 2016
It's so good it may restore your faith in cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 27, 2016
A perfect film, one that exemplifies not only the formal and aesthetic capabilities of a medium at its most visually rich, but a capacity for empathy and compassion ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 27, 2016
"Moonlight" is Miami's first bonafide movie masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 27, 2016
"Moonlight" exerts a tidal pull on your heartstrings, but honestly: It's better than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 27, 2016
Every year, we get only a few of these, movies that come out of nowhere, that are different, unexpected and wonderfully right. "Moonlight" is that kind of movie, one of the gems of 2016.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 24, 2016
Jenkins burrows deep into his characters' pain-seared memories, creating ferociously restrained performances and confrontational yet tender images that seem wrenched from his very core.
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October 21, 2016
It's a coming-of-age story that admits no one ever truly comes of age. We make choices and change shapes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 21, 2016
Hopefully it doesn't take Jenkins another eight years to make a film. But we can take comfort in the very strong likelihood that, even if it does, it will be well worth the wait.
October 21, 2016
This is a quiet, modestly scaled film -- a character study made by a filmmaker blessed with unusual amounts of curiosity about his characters that demands an equal commitment of patience from its audience -- but the payoff is beautiful.
October 21, 2016
Deeply affecting, Moonlight is a small, beautifully told story that resonates well beyond the time spent in the theater.
October 20, 2016
Exhilaration and melancholy are dispensed in equal doses by Moonlight, destined to be one of the better-reviewed films of this year, and for good reason: It's a masterpiece -- an overused word, but not the wrong one.
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October 20, 2016
By the end, you may long for a fourth chapter.
October 20, 2016
There is so much pain in "Moonlight" that it's a little hard to breathe at certain moments. But there are others, of connection and redemption, that positively glow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 20, 2016
A haunting piece of high art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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October 20, 2016
Moonlight tells a coming-of-age story in passages, each possessed of enough stand-alone power to operate as a wonderful short film, even as the whole proves much greater than the sum of the parts.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 20, 2016
Jenkins mounts no soapboxes and brandishes no manifestos in his attempt to illuminate the inner life of this troubled boy turned teenager turned man. Instead he shows us the love that other characters feel for Chiron ...
October 20, 2016
Easily one of the most personal and most powerful films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 20, 2016
Barry Jenkins' game-changer about growing up black, gay and alienated in the Miami projects is both intimate and epic. It gets inside your head, makes you see the world with new eyes- and then it owns you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 20, 2016
Moonlight is a film so measured, so delicate and powerful, that it proves to be sensitive in ways most movies aren't, even in ways most of life isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 20, 2016
"Moonlight" is magic.
October 20, 2016
A question is posed to the main character of Barry Jenkins's wondrous, superbly acted new film, Moonlight: "Who is you, man?"
October 19, 2016
Hype would bruise Barry Jenkins's Moonlight, which is so delicate in its touch that the usual superlatives sound unusually shrill. It's the gentlest, most suggestive of great films.
October 14, 2016
"Moonlight" glows.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2016
Moonlight moves for a while in heady bursts, like memories rushing back.
September 14, 2016
Leaves you feeling both stripped bare and restored, slightly better prepared to step out and face the world of people around you, with all the confounding challenges they present. There's not much more you can ask from a movie.
September 13, 2016
Moonlight is a film that is both lyrical and deeply grounded in its character work, a balancing act that's breathtaking to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 11, 2016
Moonlight takes the pain of growing up and turns it into hardened scars and private caresses. This film is, without a doubt, the reason we go to the movies: to understand, to come closer, to ache -- hopefully with another.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 3, 2016
Glows like its title.
September 3, 2016
Barry Jenkins' vital portrait of a South Florida youth revisits the character at three stages in his life, offering rich insights into the contemporary African-American experience.
September 2, 2016
The story's power comes from the gaps between words - and an ongoing battle to find the right ones.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 2, 2016
Jenkins and McCraney have artfully cobbled together something that is impressionistic and wondrous, like a compendium of half-remembered memories, tinged by sadness.