Opening

70% The Equalizer Sep 26
70% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
84% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

Top Box Office

63% The Maze Runner $32.5M
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones $13.1M
43% This Is Where I Leave You $11.9M
11% No Good Deed $10.2M
71% Dolphin Tale 2 $9.0M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $5.2M
20% Let's Be Cops $2.7M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2.6M
88% The Drop $2.0M
37% If I Stay $1.8M

Coming Soon

56% Men, Women & Children Oct 01
92% Gone Girl Oct 03
—— Annabelle Oct 03
67% The Good Lie Oct 03
—— 7500 Oct 03

Premieres Tonight

—— The Big Bang Theory: Season 8
—— The Blacklist: Season 2
48% Forever: Season 1
90% Gotham: Season 1
32% Scorpion: Season 1
—— Sleepy Hollow: Season 2

New Episodes Tonight

71% Dallas: Season 3
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— American Dad!: Season 11
87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
53% The Lottery: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
80% Ray Donovan: Season 2
87% The Strain: Season 1
—— Witches of East End: Season 2

Sonny (2002)

tomatometer

20

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

No consensus yet.

audience

42

liked it
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 5,692

My Rating

Movie Info

Film superstar Nicolas Cage's directing debut, Sonny follows a very unconventional family as they struggle to overcome personal and financial adversity. Young Sonny (James Franco) returns home to New Orleans from Army service to find his mother Jewel (Brenda Blethyn), a prostitute, in dire financial straits due to her marketability decreasing exponentially as her age increases. Jewel takes heart at her son's return, however, as she had raised him to be a male prostitute and his mid-'20s vitality

R,

Drama, Television

John Carlen

Aug 19, 2003

Samuel Goldwyn Films

Watch It Now

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (20) | DVD (7)

Actors generally make good actor's directors, but Sonny is a mixed bag in that department.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
Top Critic IconTop Critic

An instant candidate for worst movie of the year.

December 27, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Nicolas Cage isn't the first actor to lead a group of talented friends astray, and this movie won't create a ruffle in what is already an erratic career.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Earnest and tentative even when it aims to shock.

December 26, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It is as uncompromising as it is nonjudgmental, and makes clear that a prostitute can be as lonely and needy as any of the clients.

December 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Preposterous and tedious, Sonny is spiked with unintentional laughter that, unfortunately, occurs too infrequently to make the film even a guilty pleasure.

December 25, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

This overlooked drama by Nic Cage packs an emotional wallop.

February 20, 2006
ColeSmithey.com

Back to the housewives with ya, and now that Cage has the vanity project out of his system, he can go back to making more movies with Spike Jonze.

March 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Too defensive and earnest about its topic to be either fun or illuminating.

September 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Sunk by way too much indulgence of scene-chewing, teeth-gnashing actorliness.

January 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

It's just plain lurid when it isn't downright silly.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Enchanted with low-life tragedy and liberally seasoned with emotional outbursts ... What is sorely missing, however, is the edge of wild, lunatic invention that we associate with Cage's best acting.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

There's too much forced drama in this wildly uneven movie, about a young man's battle with his inescapable past and uncertain future in a very shapable but largely unfulfilling present.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Author John Carlen has abstrusely captured that struggle of one man simply trying to be human in nonhuman, vile, circumstances.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Blunt Review
Blunt Review

Keep your day job, Nicolas Cage. This shockingly inept directorial debut reveals the brooding actor to be a hackneyed helmer.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Franco is an excellent choice for the walled-off but combustible hustler, but he does not give the transcendent performance SONNY needs to overcome gaps in character development and story logic.

December 26, 2002 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

John Carlen's script is full of unhappy, two-dimensional characters who are anything but compelling.

December 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Sonny

I like Nicolas Cage, honestly...for the most part. So, when I heard he directed a film starring James Franco as a male hustler who tries to get out of the life, I figured, "hey, this might be a good, gritty, indie drama".

Well, it's not. It's sometimes sleazy and gritty, but it feels undercooked and slightly polished. It's also really draggy asnd boring, which I didn't think was possible. Franco does what he can, and he's okay, but he can't quite save it. Stanton also helps elevate things, but he could have been used a lot more...and better. Suvari was okay, probably the best out of all the ladies here, but even then she's not given much to work with, and her performance isn't all that great. She does have a bit of chemistry with Franco though, and she's nice to look at.

Overall, this is a plodding, dull mess. It's also about 20 minutes too long. Avoid.
July 25, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Uneven, seemingly indecisive direction from Nicolas Cage leads this potentially affecting film astray. As it stands, it is mildly interesting. The best aspect of it is James Franco, who gives solid evidence of his considerable abilities as an actor.
January 19, 2011
michaelcorleone

Super Reviewer

It's no secret that Nicolas Cage is incapable of saying no to any script - except he decided to direct this one. Doesn't make it any better.
June 2, 2012
Lemure

Super Reviewer

I hated this movie. I wasn't interested in anything that happened.
February 17, 2009
SunilJawahir

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Sonny on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Box Office
Box Office

Maze Runner Winds Up At Number One

Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire

"What Jesus Said" episode reviews

Everybody Hurts
Everybody Hurts

New Men, Women & Children Trailer

<em>John Wick</em>
John Wick

Trailer: Keanu's Got a Short Fuse!

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile