Reviews

Jun 22, 2021
The documentary is rich in archival clips, but mostly it's just rich in her -- and Moreno is tons of fun.
Jun 21, 2021
Director Mariem Pérez Riera never gets in the way of her subject and lets viewers feel Moreno's spirit, her vibrancy and her energy.
Jun 21, 2021
Even in a film that makes no bones about presenting its subject in a flattering, softening light, this 89-year-old stage and screen legend has refreshingly few qualms about saying exactly what she thinks.
Jun 21, 2021
The new documentary Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It reiterates many of those anecdotes, but it doesn't tell us much that Moreno hasn't divulged already in her 2013 memoir or in countless interviews over the years.
Jun 18, 2021
The film, anchored by interviews with Moreno and her co-stars and contemporaries, positions Moreno as a trailblazer, a barrier-breaker, and a role model, but more interestingly, it ultimately tracks a journey of self discovery.
Jun 18, 2021
A fascinating and at times sobering look at [Moreno's] romances, and her personal struggles with self-esteem and self-worth, as well as the racism, misogyny, and sexual abuse she endured throughout her seven-decade career.
Jun 17, 2021
Like everything else she's done, Rita Moreno is an exceptional storyteller, turning Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It into a dazzling look at the much-adorned star's career.
Jun 17, 2021
If there's an award for straight-to-the-camera performance, Ms. Moreno's appearance here should win it by acclamation.
Jun 17, 2021
A funny, occasionally foul-mouthed and almost startlingly frank portrait...
Jun 17, 2021
Moreno, now in her late 80s, thoughtfully walks us through a life that encompassed both enormous success and constant struggle.
Jun 17, 2021
It's almost hard to believe that the radiant Moreno we see in the film - who at 89 continues to epitomize that ineffable and rare quality we call star power - was ever restrained.
Jun 17, 2021
What truly sets the movie apart is Moreno's unwavering honesty.
Jun 16, 2021
One of the most satisfying things about the film is that through decades of struggle she clearly has found that worth.
Jun 15, 2021
A couple of things that stand out in the excellent new documentary "Rita Moreno: A Girl Who Decided to Go for It" is that the Berkeley resident is ferocious - and oh so vulnerable.
Feb 20, 2021
Riera mercifully doesn't wallow in West Side Story, and instead shares Moreno's power as an activist and an EGOT-winning performer who continues to break barriers as an 87-year-old...
Feb 15, 2021
It makes you feel both the highs and lows of being such a trailblazer in Hollywood.
Feb 10, 2021
Closer to home is Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It, a long-overdue tribute to the Puerto Rican actress...
Feb 10, 2021
Rita Moreno's glow, as she reveals secrets, speaks her truths and revels in her glory, elevates this very standard bio/doc.
Feb 2, 2021
This archive-rich bio is a candid sit-down with a national treasure.
Jan 30, 2021
Not only an eye-opening story about old Hollywood but a testament to the vitality and integrity of an artist who is not showing any signs of slowing down.