Sounder Reviews

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 17, 2014
The family's solidarity in the face of intimidating odds -- poverty, racism, injustice -- gives the movie a humanistic, optimistic center.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Nancy Davis Kho
Common Sense Media
December 1, 2009
Affecting update of the coming-of-age classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 5, 2009
Honest and touching, Martin Ritt's Oscar-nominated Sounder, a Depression-era saga, does proud the American family and the American family movie genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 3, 2007
Heartbreaking and intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 3, 2007
Director Martin Ritt soaks us in the heat, the beauty, the racism and the buzzing cicadas of Louisiana.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Ritt's film must respond to the needs of an entertainment industry, and in its desire to be uplifting, leaves its characters one-dimensional without ensuring that the one dimension is heroic.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 30, 2006
A very fine unpretentious, heartwarming and uplifting family drama about a Deep South black sharecropper family trying to survive during the Depression.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 9, 2005
If Sounder, an inteligent enough movie, avoids all the major pitfalls of its type, it also lacks the excitement that may have come from plumbing greater depths and discovering a few tougher, less accessible insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It is one of the most compassionate and truthful of movies, and there's not a level where it doesn't succeed completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 27, 2002
A masterwork from director Martin Ritt. Movies are rarely this empathetic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide
June 19, 2002
Another fine example of Martin Ritt's earthy southern dramas
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Painfully honest, unpretentious, and blessedly simple.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 17, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 15, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 23, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 5, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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