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The Florida Project Reviews

September 26, 2018
I knew form the first shot that I was watching a truly great movie... It's so real, it's so raw.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.6/10
December 21, 2017
Little Moonee is innocent in every sense that counts, and even her worst misdeeds are fuelled by excitement at the possibilities of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 10, 2017
The camera, if especially respectful towards the children, refuses to demonise any of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 9, 2017
The Florida Project absolutely sings as a visual achievement, and not only as that.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 9, 2017
The Florida Project is one of the best films about childhood made anywhere in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 9, 2017
The Florida Project is a song of innocence and of experience: mainly the former.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 24, 2017
The Florida Project, though, dances deftly around kitchen-sink realism and instead looks at this pastel world through the eyes of characters too young to know, or care, that they aren't rich.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2017
[Director Sean Baker's] frantic depiction of Moonee's final fantasy verges on both brilliance and heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2017
It's one of the most effective, honest portraits of childhood you'll ever see, and a touching, poignant snapshot of American life in 2017.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
October 19, 2017
You feel as if you've slipped inside of Moonee's enchanted world, while at the same time seeing the harsh reality of Halley's. That contrast is devastating, right up to a final sequence that's sure to break your heart in two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2017
Baker places no dramatic emphasis on any individual scene, granting a sense of wide-eyed wonder to major and minor events alike.
October 13, 2017
This is a story told with authenticity and power, helped along by its cast of newcomers.
October 12, 2017
It's film that'll make you wince at times, and you'll most likely not want to see twice, but seeing it once is an experience you'll not soon forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2017
Alexis Zabe's rapturous cinematography reminds us that magic is where you find it. You don't need a golden ticket to Mickey's kingdom, although you can see it from here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 12, 2017
The sun-washed reality of The Florida Project, which concludes with a touch of poetry that might break you in two. It's not a happy ending, but it is, like the rest of the film, pretty much perfect.
October 12, 2017
Dafoe delivers his finest performance in recent memory, bringing to levelheaded, unsanctimonious life a character who offers a glimmer of hope and caring within a world markedly short on both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2017
Dafoe has never had a role this warm and sweet, and he plays it for low-keyed honesty. The kids and the adults, some non-professionals, all become part of a bright purple beehive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2017
Rarely in a movie will you want a character to succeed more than Moonee. Yet Baker doesn't sugarcoat the odds, which, despite eventual moments of real magic, remain long indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 12, 2017
"The Florida Project" is - in nerve, guts, heart, and mind - one of the finest films of 2017.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
October 9, 2017
The impression is a disturbing film of energy and compassion that left me with an inescapable sadness, from which director Baker offers no way out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2017
As it stands, there's a greatness in it, but also stretches of emptiness. Still, this is an original piece of work, and no one who sees it will forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2017
Willem Dafoe knows from tortured roles (Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ), but this creation -- a delicate blend of protector, fusspot and secret survivor -- is his richest, most lovable piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
October 6, 2017
Baker has imbued this whole terrific movie with a child's sense of discovery - the sort that can turn a decrepit, pastel corner of Orlando into a vibrant cinematic playground.
October 6, 2017
It is because Baker views the world without blinders that the moments of lyricism in The Florida Project are so piercing. When a rainbow shows up in the sky, it's not just a rainbow; it's a benediction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 5, 2017
Dafoe's sensitive performance anchors the movie's slippery adult world, and Baker builds a cinematic mood beautifully; the strip malls and swampland and buzzing cicadas on screen feel as real and tactile as the theater seat beneath you.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 5, 2017
Though Moonee's story may not have a Hollywood happy ending when she's grown and the world has been cruel, Baker has created an indomitable character who's at least got a fighting chance.
October 5, 2017
The Florida Project achieves something rare and magical: presenting existence from the perspective of a young child while, at the same time, providing enough "clues" that viewers are able to decipher what's really going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2017
All childhoods must come to an end, few of them as piercingly as the one in "The Florida Project," Sean Baker's raw, exuberant and utterly captivating new movie.
October 5, 2017
As in previous films, Mr. Baker mixes amateur and professional actors to exceptional effect.
October 5, 2017
Director Sean Baker crafts one of the best and toughest films about childhood ever and gives a never-better Willem Dafoe a clear shot at an Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2017
To balance joy and desperation as gracefully as Mr. Baker does - to interweave giddiness and heartbreak - is no easy feat.
October 5, 2017
The Florida Project is both radiant and unsentimental.
October 5, 2017
... Dafoe's warm and generous performance is simply astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 4, 2017
Sean Baker's beautiful heartbreaker scratches just below the cheery lilac and bubblegum pink to expose the layers of privation festering in this sunshiny state.
October 4, 2017
Shots are held just long enough for us to ponder all the details; strong closeups bring the characters' emotions uncomfortably near.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 14, 2017
Underneath the vibrancy of Moonee's spirit, Baker delivers a heavy-handed statement about the fraudulent hopes offered by Disney magic, and the way so many American dreams have been shattered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2017
You come away better for having known this crew, a demographic that's sorely underrepresented on the screen.
September 8, 2017
A film of small notes that combine to form something major, the kind of movie that sneaks up on you and sticks with you
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 7, 2017
[Sean] Baker mostly crafts a tiny adventure of absorbing wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 26, 2017
Beautiful, vibrant, heartfelt and hilarious.
Top Critic
May 24, 2017
A truthful and sublimely bittersweet slice of life, tracing celebratory highs and lamentable lows on the outer economic edges of the Sunshine State.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 23, 2017
As a filmmaker, Baker is a graceful neorealist voyeur who thrives on improvisation, and his storytelling, in The Florida Project, is mostly just a series of anecdotes. But that turns out to be enough.
May 23, 2017
Things look grim for Halley and Moonee, but we can expect a lot from the people who brought their marvelous story to light.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 23, 2017
The Florida Project further cements Baker's status as one of the most innovative American directors working today, but he's also an essential advocate for the stories this country often doesn't get to see.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 23, 2017
A fabulous mosaic of one particular pocket of America's invisible homeless population - families living hand-to-mouth in motels originally designed to catch the tourist overspill from the flashy theme-park resorts across town.
May 23, 2017
[A] brilliant, buoyant, and ultimately heart-wrenching film.