Reaching for the Moon


Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8

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  1. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Nov 11, 2013
    It would be hard to find two more contrasting actresses than Otto and Pires, but Barreto plays off their differences in culture and personality.
  2. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Apr 15, 2014
    The film never works out how to generate genuine dramatic fire from its material. There are convincing performances and decorative retro detail to admire, but the heart needs to beat just that bit faster – and it doesn’t manage that.
  3. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Nov 11, 2013
    Attention is retained by the commendably unhistrionic leads, who convincingly etch the pair’s enduring devotion even when passions run dry.
  4. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Dec 28, 2013
    Despite its worthy subject, this feature by veteran Brazilian director Bruno Barreto has a bluntness that's at odds with Bishop's personality and work.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 27, 2013
    Everything ultimately gives way to the stately, simplistic, inevitable pace of by-the-numbers biopics, from some woefully tinny, hit-and-run screenwriting to the usual difficulties surrounding the dramatization of an author's craft.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 8, 2013
    Ms. Otto conveys a double-edged intelligence as the film’s pinched notion of “Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil,” while Ms. Pires strides about, every snap judgment and grand gesture a measure of her appeal. Both are hemmed in by direction and a screenplay that are relentlessly on point (as well as an off-the-shelf score).
  7. Reviewed by: Diego Semerene
    Nov 7, 2013
    Bruno Barreto's insistence that this pass for a product that Hollywood might have spawned smoothens a journey built on sharp edges.
  8. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Nov 5, 2013
    Poetry refracts life; this film can only reflect it, and tritely at that.

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