Reaching for the Moon
Reaching for the Moon (2013)

DAYS IN SEPTEMBER, DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS) returns with a sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures. Grappling with… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A classy, grown-up drama.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

In his 19th feature, Mr. Barreto assuredly embraces an approach that's counter to much received wisdom about Bishop's life and work. But his film ultimately dooms itself.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

While the provincial Brazilian scenery and slick period production design are certainly seductive to the eye, it is what happens in the foreground that truly matters.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Despite its worthy subject, this feature by veteran Brazilian director Bruno Barreto has a bluntness that's at odds with Bishop's personality and work.

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Calum Marsh
Village Voice

A film which, despite its almost parodically lofty title, takes strictly the most pedestrian approach to its subject ...

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Philippa Hawker
Sydney Morning Herald

Its strength is its two beautifully observed complementary performances.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Everything ultimately gives way to the stately, simplistic, inevitable pace of by-the-numbers biopics, from some woefully tinny, hit-and-run screenwriting to the usual difficulties surrounding the dramatization of an author's craft.

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Evan Williams
The Australian

The period detail is finely caught, the lovemaking scenes achieve a tenderness and intimacy rare in contemporary cinema, and for good measure a political coup is happening offstage. We more than get our money's worth.

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Simon Weaving

The rather pale and uninspiring story of obscure poet Elizabeth Bishop's love affair in Brazil in the 1950s and '60s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An irregular story, at times melodramatic and full of those clichés that plague most biopics (despite a nice speech scene that sounds relevant even today when… More
Walter M.
With her suffering from severe writer's block in New York City in 1951, the poet Elizabeth Bishop(Miranda Otto) decides, as her friend Robert Lowell(Treat… More