Reaching for the Moon Synopsis
A sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Deborah Young
It would be hard to find two more contrasting actresses than Otto and Pires, but Barreto plays off their differences in culture and...
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Time Out London

By Trevor Johnston
The film never works out how to generate genuine dramatic fire from its material. There are convincing performances and decorative retro...
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By 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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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Despite its worthy subject, this feature by veteran Brazilian director Bruno Barreto has a bluntness that's at odds with Bishop's...
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The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
Ms. Otto conveys a double-edged intelligence as the film’s pinched notion of “Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil,” while Ms. Pires strides about,...
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Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
Everything ultimately gives way to the stately, simplistic, inevitable pace of by-the-numbers biopics, from some woefully tinny,...
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Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
Bruno Barreto's insistence that this pass for a product that Hollywood might have spawned smoothens a journey built on sharp edges.
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Village Voice

By Calum Marsh
Poetry refracts life; this film can only reflect it, and tritely at that.
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Beautifully made

By tpfarley
Reaching is not a sensationalist movie but a beautifully made film, realistic about unconventional lesbian relationships, political, class and cultural differences, and the struggle to write poetry...

Reaching For The . . . EXIT!

By IWantMyMoneysWorth
Biographical drama about a dull, dreary and self-absorbed, alcoholic and anemic-looking poet wanna-be who achieves elitist success on the back of, and at the ultimate expense of, her Brazilian...

Fabulous film. Run to the theater now!

By dummont
Miranda Otto gives the performance of a lifetime in this incredibly well- written and well-directed movie. Great themes - loss, the personal cost of artistic determination, what it was like to be gay...


By DBee
I went to see this movie because it was playing at the Paris theatre and they typically show very good films, and this did not disappoint. I did not know of the poet for whom this film was about,...

Reaching for the Moon

By maturemovielover
Very interesting and engaging story and a beautifully made film....

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Rated NR