• 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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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a tone deaf movie, filled with obvious, overly expository dialogue and sometimes patronizing symbols.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 77/100

March 21, 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
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

Never reaches its full tempo

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: B-

March 14, 2008
Edward Douglas

Falls quite short of its mark, mostly due to the poor casting as well as a deathly slow pace that far too often veers away from [the film's] greatest strength, which is the music.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5.5/10

December 24, 2007
Chris Barsanti

so lacking in punch or drive that you just start waiting for the thing to end

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 24, 2007
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Honeydripper is an electrifying period piece about how music can bring folks together and generally save one's soul -- or at least its final 15 minutes is. The rest of the time, it's just a lot of sassy talk and scenery.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

February 29, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Written and directed by the indefatigable indie idol John Sayles, the movie is well-acted, but it's as talky as if it were written for the stage, with fatally slow pacing.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 2, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Honeydripper, directed by John Sayles, is a shambling fusion of pop mythology and social mosaic.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

January 2, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The large cast is admirable, but the joint doesn't so much jump as shuffle earnestly from foot to foot.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

January 9, 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
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
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
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

With its cotton-field locations, diddley-bo props and scripted nods toward blues history and mythology, 'Honeydripper' somehow feels touristy rather than authentic -- as if it were a product of research rather than passion.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

February 29, 2008
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

John Sayles's mediocre Honeydipper is flanked by two great scenes.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2007
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
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
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Very light and quite predictable.

October 4, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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There's no sweet nectar here, just Americana trapped in amber.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

January 18, 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
Monika Bartyzel
October 18, 2008
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
September 30, 2010
Ted Drozdowski
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
October 18, 2008

Screen International
October 20, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 15, 2008

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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October 18, 2008
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