Moonlight (2016)

The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 21, 2016
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2017
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

An intimate and haunting drama.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Basking in this "Moonlight" is one of the cinematic joys of the year.

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Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

The five stories' most striking commonality is placing its characters in conflict with the American ideal of being able to forge one's own destiny.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

"Moonlight" is a film of rare grace - a tender, compassionate, restrained look at a life lived in the shadows.

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Rob Gonsalves

Jenkins' handling of Chiron's sexuality is as quietly oblique as everything else in the film.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

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.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

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.

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John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)

Writer-director Barry Jenkins puts the audience inside Chiron's almost constant state of discomfort through the use of silence and close-ups.

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Moonlight's excellent structure in storytelling, its powerful performances and thematic vision really emphasizes the film's sense of self-discovery. A… More
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More impressive and important than the beautiful story that Moonlight wants to tell is the elegant and delicate way that it does that. Full review on… More
Christian C
"Moonlight" is captivating, poignant, disturbing, ugly, beautiful -- and most of all, "Moonlight" is radiant. With excellent acting and… More
Michael S
Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" is pure cinema and pure humanity. A modern epic most intimate and unforgettable.
Sanjay Rema
This film includes great direction, scoring and cinematography, and stand out performances by Naomi Harris and Ashton Sanders. Despite all of that, and… More
Mark Walker
"At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you're going to be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you" Backed by Brad Pitt and… More