QWatches’s review published on Letterboxd:
Slice of life that hits me right where it wants to. I've seen a lot of different reactions now and I must say that I can see why people have these feelings that are the complete opposite of someone else's. I personally love almost everything about this and don't mind rewatching it over and over, despite its plotlessness on the surface. The Florida Project could've been 20 minutes shorter, I genuinely think it could have. Do I think that those 20 minutes are holding it back from achieving greatness and fully brining over its message, not at all. I enjoy every little bit of those minutes as well, so while I personally don't think they should be taken away, I can see why others would.
We spend so much time with these characters and they start meaning the world to me, I genuinely care about what happens to them, making the third act incredible valuable. The message that Baker is slowly constructing here is obvious, but also takes a while to fully hit where it should. Every single time I've seen it, it managed to make me relive that journey like it never happened before.
The acting doesn't feel like acting, it genuinely doesn't, even with a big name like Dafoe. It's so real that you get to know these characters like they're actual people living in that tough and real environment. It's the opposite of plot heavy and I feel like it could've been this big story, but I'm glad that it's not. This is a way more powerful manner of achieving the goal here and I stand by that. Everything, like cinematography, sound, clothes, makeup, color use, production design... it's all there to make this one come to life and to highlight the important parts of the film in the best way possible.
I don't want to keep going on and basically end this by saying that it just works perfectly for me. This is a movie that gives me a variety of feelings that are sometimes each other's opposites. I love revisiting this and I enjoy every single minute of it. The Florida Project won't work for everyone and that's fine, but give it a chance, I hope it does for you what it does for me.