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Moonlight (2016)



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

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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.

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André Holland
as Adult Kevin
Trevante Rhodes
as Adult Chiron
Ashton Sanders
as Teen Chiron
Jharrel Jerome
as Teen Kevin
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Critic Reviews for Moonlight

All Critics (393) | Top Critics (91)

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now.

February 17, 2021 | Full Review…

Jenkins boils a life down to its decisive moments; a life in three parts is an eloquent and acute summation with Nicholas Britell's heart-rending music underlining.

March 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Jenkins' authorial voice is resounding and strong and his determination admirable.

March 21, 2018 | Full Review…

"Moonlight" arrives as a gift, one worth keeping - and regifting.

February 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Moonlight may be a quiet, understated gem. But you can expect the buzz surrounding it to become deafening.

August 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Through each of their performances, and the rich narrative, Jenkins delivers an authentic, necessary statement of black male self-love.

March 22, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moonlight

Gangsta and gay, does that go together? The attempt is pretty brave, especially the actors of all three time frames brought a lot of talent and guts into this. Their performances make for some memorable scenes. The writing...not so much. I can't entirely say why it touched me less than, say, Brokeback Mountain or Boyhood, which explored similar themes. Definitely worth seeing but I expected a much bigger punch.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Mahershala Ali stars as Chiron's guardian in this heartbreaking drama of discrimination and forbidden love. Wish he would've been more involved in the rest of the story.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer

Moonlight's excellent structure in storytelling, its powerful performances and thematic vision really emphasizes the film's sense of self-discovery. A unique presentation, filled with a superb use of music, colors, cinematography, and combined with its sheer drama makes this a monumentally notable tale of a lifetime that audiences can empathize with. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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