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Moonlight

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United States
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2016

1h 51m

Director Barry Jenkins
Starring Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders
Genre Drama
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The film follows a boy named Chiron through three chapters of his life: his childhood to adolescence to his early adulthood years, and shows how he grapples with the difficulties of living with a drug-addicted mother, bullies at school, and the question of his own sexuality.

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The Guardian by Benjamin Lee

It’s a thrilling, deeply necessary work that opens up a much-needed and rarely approached on-screen conversation about the nature of gay masculinity.
100

RogerEbert.com by Brian Tallerico

Moonlight is a film that is both lyrical and deeply grounded in its character work, a balancing act that’s breathtaking to behold. It is one of those rare pieces of filmmaking that stays completely focused on its characters while also feeling like it’s dealing with universal themes about identity, sexuality, family, and, most of all, masculinity.
100

The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

Barry Jenkins' Moonlight pulls you into its introspective protagonist's world from the start and transfixes throughout as it observes, with uncommon poignancy and emotional perceptiveness, his roughly two-decade path to find a definitive answer to the question, "Who am I?"
90

ScreenCrush by E. Oliver Whitney

It’s a film that aches with beauty. It cries with longing. It quakes with a rich sadness that lingers with you long after the final moments. A masterpiece of poetic filmmaking, Moonlight is one of the most powerful films of the year.
100

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Moonlight transforms rage and frustration into unadulterated intimacy. In this mesmerizing portrait of a suffocating world, the only potential catharsis lies in acknowledging it as Chiron so deeply wishes he could. Despite the somber tone, Moonlight is a beacon of hope for the prospects of speaking up.
100

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Moonlight takes the pain of growing up and turns it into hardened scars and private caresses. This film is, without a doubt, the reason we go to the movies: to understand, to come closer, to ache, hopefully with another.
95

TheWrap by Sam Fragoso

It’s a humanist film; it’s about people, and it’s got a pulse. It presents characters as idiosyncratic, domineering, but mostly fearful — timid creatures ambling through life in the hopes of finding refuge.
100

Screen Daily by Tim Grierson

Ambitious in scope but precise in its execution, this deceptively small-scale character piece reverberates with compassion and insight.

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