The Light of the Moon Reviews

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November 16, 2017
A clear-eyed film that's clinical in its specifics.
Top Critic
November 6, 2017
The movie is about choices, alternatives, and how one woman regains control and balance through patience, trust and courage.
November 1, 2017
A nuanced and sensitive exploration of the many ways rape affects a person's life, even as she tries like hell to get back to normal.
October 31, 2017
As a resource for those looking to understand the process of recovery, it's hard to imagine a more comprehensive or sympathetic look at the challenge of surviving.
October 31, 2017
This is a micro-budget movie, cobbled together from the corners that it's cut and riddled with rookie mistakes, but none of that will likely matter to the people who need it most.
October 26, 2017
The frank ways in which Thompson and Beatriz channel Bonnie make it clear that there's a lot of respect for this complex character navigating life-altering trauma.
May 8, 2019
The production values are low and other than Stephanie Beatriz's excellent work, the performances are amateurish, yet the film is thoughtful and detailed and non-exploitative.
December 11, 2018
As a debut film, The Light of the Moon is remarkable, condensing its weighty themes down in to a winningly perceptive and achingly human character drama.
December 11, 2018
An intelligent and mature examination of the post-traumatic experience of sexual assault, depicting how even the good intentions of well-meaning people perpetuate a toxic culture of blaming and controlling victims.
November 5, 2018
Through it all, Beatriz is magnificent, offering a textured performance that throttles between grief, denial, strength, anger, always using her comedic chops to amplify the disconnect between Bonnie's attitude and her circumstance.
April 11, 2018
...a rewarding and powerful film.
March 7, 2018
Intimate, mature drama chronicles aftermath of a rape.
March 7, 2018
The Light of the Moon succeeds with heart and sensitivity.
March 5, 2018
The Light of the Moon is lived-in, in every sense of the word. It's able to provide a point of view of how life continues after something as serious as sexual assault with sensitive but impactful micro-moments.
March 2, 2018
The Light of the Moon delves into the messy realities of the emotional and physical fallout of rape, giving rise to a moving yet sensitive drama.
March 1, 2018
The Light of the Moon is the first feature by writer-director Jessica M Thompson, who has leveraged maximum value from her cast and a shoestring budget to create a low-key but potent sign-of-the-times bulletin.
March 1, 2018
The movie is, however, a refreshingly honest approach to a subject all too often used as a plot device to inspire either an Oscar-winning tears-and-trauma performance or a trail of blood and violence. For this reason alone, it should be applauded.
February 26, 2018
In The Light of the Moon, calculation and contrivance intrude, but fortunately creativity transcends them.
February 6, 2018
... [director Jessica M] Thompson's film composes a congruent manifesto to understand the need to respect a person's determination on how to focus the rest of their own life. [Full review in Spanish]
February 4, 2018
Thompson's terrifically-assured debut is a thoughtful and no-frills meditation that feels personal and credible and maybe even helpful to some. Stephanie Beatriz is exceptional.
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