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: November 8, 2013
DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Guy Lodge

Attention is retained by the commendably unhistrionic leads, who convincingly etch the pair's enduring devotion even when passions run dry.

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Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly

If Blue Is the Warmest Color is the gloriously messy supernova of this year's lesbian dramas, this is the J. Peterman catalog version: elegant, tasteful, and two-dimensional.

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Russell Baillie
New Zealand Herald

Despite the film doing some clunky biopic things, Otto gives this more than enough reason enough to fly down to Rio.

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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

The life of American Poet Laureate Elizabeth Bishop furnishes surprisingly vivid emotional material in Reaching for the Moon.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A classy, grown-up drama.

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Mark Adams
Screen International

A resolutely melodramatic film that feels engagingly old-fashioned as it revels in its lesbian love-triangle storyline.

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Christy Lemire

It's hard not to admire the intentions of a movie that depicts two exceptional women living exactly the way they wanted, together, outside the expected societal norms of the time. But the tone of the film itself feels unfortunately conventional.

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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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Judith Lucy
At the Movies (Australia)

I really enjoyed the first three quarters of the film and then not so much the end.

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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