Sonny Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 23, 2002
The story is bogus and its characters tissue-thin.
Christopher Null
March 7, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
December 27, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 6, 2003
Sunk by way too much indulgence of scene-chewing, teeth-gnashing actorliness.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 25, 2002
Amid the cliché and foreshadowing, Cage manages a degree of casual realism ... that is routinely dynamited by Blethyn.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 26, 2002
Earnest and tentative even when it aims to shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 27, 2002
An instant candidate for worst movie of the year.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
December 27, 2002
Actors generally make good actor's directors, but Sonny is a mixed bag in that department.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
December 24, 2002
John Carlen's script is full of unhappy, two-dimensional characters who are anything but compelling.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 22, 2002
It's as if a bored Cage spent the duration of the film's shooting schedule waiting to scream: "Got AIDS yet?"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
December 27, 2002
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.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
December 16, 2002
A well-intentioned effort that's still too burdened by the actor's offbeat sensibilities for the earnest emotional core to emerge with any degree of accessibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 19, 2002
As the sulking, moody male hustler in the title role, [Franco] has all of Dean's mannerisms and self-indulgence, but none of his sweetness and vulnerability.
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
December 25, 2002
Preposterous and tedious, Sonny is spiked with unintentional laughter that, unfortunately, occurs too infrequently to make the film even a guilty pleasure.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
December 27, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 27, 2002
It's just plain lurid when it isn't downright silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 17, 2003
Too defensive and earnest about its topic to be either fun or illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Emanuel Levy
August 29, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

E! Online
December 27, 2002
Keep your day job, Nicolas Cage. This shockingly inept directorial debut reveals the brooding actor to be a hackneyed helmer.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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