Moffie

critic Reviews

, 91% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Moffie uses one South African soldier's story to grapple against a series of thorny questions -- with rough yet rewarding results.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I really liked this very much. It's quite moving.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    The filmmaking is strong and confident throughout, while Mr. Brummer's performance is a constant revelation.
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    Jake CoyleAssociated Press
    It's an usual perspective for an apartheid film, something the director - who is gay and mixed race - has acknowledged initially recoiling from. But that point-of-view only makes Hermanus' mission all the more laudable.
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    Steve DavisAustin Chronicle
    Although Moffie is competently executed, its genre-straddling will leave you vaguely unsatisfied if you decide too quickly the kind of movie it should be.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Odie HendersonRogerEbert.com
    I was more interested in asking the director about his choices than watching them play out, reminding me of Gene Siskel's question about whether a documentary about the film would be more interesting than the film itself.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    This is a gentle beauty of a film with impressive work from a young cast.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    Story of a young man conscripted into the South Afrikan army during the Angola uprising is interesting but unresolved. It seems to be building to a point but stops before that is achieved.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Moffie unflinchingly but sometimes unevenly tells a story that's rarely been told in a movie: What it was like to be a closeted gay white male teenage soldier in 1980s South Africa, were homosexuality was illegal at the time.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Peter CanaveseCelluloid Dreams
    A compelling story about the savagery against what's misunderstood & feared, a movie which respects the intelligence of its audience & a film which can be favorably compared alongside movies like 'Beau travail', 'Moonlight' & 'Brokeback Mountain.'
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    Robin CliffordReeling Reviews
    you get a not very pretty picture of life in South Africa during apartheid.
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