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The Way He Looks


Daniel Ribeiro

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About the Movie

Set against the music of Belle and Sebastian, Daniel Ribeiro's coming of age tale, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager who’s fed up with his overprotective mother and the bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans. Meanwhile, Giovana, grows jealous of this new found companionship as tensions mount between her and Leo.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 37
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The pleasures of understatement abound in the assured drama "The Way He Looks," a quiet, closely observed high school romance set in Sao Paulo, Brazil. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Nov 6, 2014

Fresh: Everyone will root for the two teen protags in Daniel Ribeiro's sweet gay coming-of-age debut, The Way He Looks, since the boys are so likable and their route to first love has an undeniably touching quality. – Jay Weissberg, Variety, Nov 3, 2014

Fresh: The sweet and beautifully observed feature debut of Brazilian writer-director Daniel Ribeiro. – Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 3, 2014

Fresh: The film offers something much deeper, and what is not said makes it refreshing, and beautiful. – Darian Lusk, New York Observer, Apr 14, 2017

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Customer Reviews


I have high hopes for this movie!! I've been waiting for this movie since it was announced about November 2013, waited till it was released in theaters (non USA) in April 2014 and finally America!! The short film is also the cutest!!!

Amazing Cinema

One of the absolute best and accurate representations of a coming of age story.

Smiled through the whole preview

This movie looks so adorable I couldn't resist myself when it came to preordering it. Can't wait!

The Way He Looks
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2014

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