• PG-13, 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Sayles
    In Theaters:
    Dec 28, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 24, 2008
  • Emerging Pictures


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Honeydripper Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

John Sayles returns with another literate, professional, yet highly enjoyable film.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 29, 2008
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Although Honeydripper won a screenplay award at the San Sebastián Film Festival, it's not Sayles' strongest work. Part of the problem is that it keeps building to a rock-'n'-roll payoff that never quite arrives.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 22, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

With each turn of events being telegraphed well in advance, there are no surprises in Sayles' script. The cast, however, headed by Glover's complex portrait of a man plagued by his past, is fresh enough to cover the stale plot mechanics.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

February 22, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Trudging nobly under a mantle of impeccably earnest intentions and a fussy, too-quaint-by-half production design, Honeydripper lags and drags to its utterly predictable end. There's not a spark of spontaneity or soul about it.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 21, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A musical period piece that manages to be lighthearted and socially conscious.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 15, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Gorgeous cinematography, fine acting, splendid music, good old-fashioned story -- what's not to like?

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 13, 2008
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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It has all the reliable components of Sayles' films: a strong social conscience; well-drawn characters whose lives overlap convincingly; a languid pace that allows for the honest unfolding of their foibles and fears; a vivid evocation of a place and time.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's a solid history lesson that's less solid as a movie, simply because so much of the weight seems to be crammed into a too-fragile framework. As a film, Honeydripper is fine history put to less fine use.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

February 8, 2008
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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It's best to forget the story here and focus on those small moments that shine in any Sayles film.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

February 8, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

This movie is dripping a lot of things, none of them honey.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

February 7, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

Honeydripper's story isn't anything you haven't seen a dozen times before, but where Sayles succeeds is in his ability to dramatize the psychological and linguistic details that give identity to a subculture struggling for survival.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2008
Shawn Levy

Strangely, and perhaps due to the music, the film moves with more verve than much of Sayles' recent work. But it's still flat and disappointing.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

February 1, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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Honeydripper, by veteran American director John Sayles, shows just how much life music can give to a movie.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 1, 2008
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

A movie with a lot of pulled dramatic punches, Honeydripper is still very likable. Its real attraction is real blues stars playing live with an energy that would float a much lesser movie than this.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 1, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A contemplative fable, Honeydripper locates the moment but misses the heart-pounding, gut-wrenching explosion -- the history is there, the thrill isn't.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 1, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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John Sayles is a natural storyteller and national treasure, dedicated to spinning narratives of America, state by state, into a vibrant quilt of 20th-century American history.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The only surprise in all this scripted sentiment is its apparent conclusion that maybe the blues deserve to be dead

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C-

January 29, 2008
Susan Granger

Filled with observant, atmosphere-drenched, folkloric vignettes that delineate racism in that time in that place.

Full Review Source: www.susangranger.com | Original Score: 8/10

January 22, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

As Sayles is messing with a brilliant legacy one can only hope he'll exercise more discernment the next time he sets downto write a script.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 21, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Has John Sayles finally lost his mojo?

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 18, 2008
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