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Sun Don't Shine (2013)

Sun Don't Shine

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 379

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Written and directed by actress/filmmaker Amy Seimetz (Tiny Furniture, Upstream Color and Pit Stop), Sun Don't Shine follows Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her boyfriend Leo (Kentucker Audley) on a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. From the outset, the purpose of their journey is unclear, and the motivations behind their heated altercations and shady errands are hazy, but sporadic moments of tenderness illuminate the loving … More

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Unrated
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Sun Don't Shine

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

Unspools like a Françoise Sagan novel: purposefully, enigmatically and with a raw emotional purity that makes its volatile central couple appear even more defenseless than they really are.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Writer-director Amy Seimetz's oddly sunny film noir is a classic tale of young lovers on the run, reminiscent in tone of the darkly comic moments in Terrence Malick's "Badlands."

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

[Audley's] richly textured debut is assured in every choice, from first frame to last.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Working wonders on a tight budget, Seimetz uses handheld cameras and tight compositions to create an air of claustrophobic intensity interspersed with moments of ragged beauty.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Seimetz hasn't quite figured out how to sustain long-form tension; by the time this modest microindie noir starts laying its cards on the table, your attention will have already folded.

Full Review… | April 23, 2013
Time Out New York
Top Critic

This unconventional, unsettling couple-on-the-run tale works best as an exercise in ambiguous atmosphere.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

Seimetz assuredly updates the pulp scenario with contemporary indie-film vernacular.

Full Review… | February 4, 2014
SF Weekly

Musty, sticky, hot, and taut with psychopathological tension, Amy Seimetz's feature-length directorial debut is, to put it mildly, a bad trip.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Like seemingly everything that Seimetz touches lately, it's great. Confident, stylish, and with a remarkable sense of place, Sun Don't Shine truly works.

Full Review… | April 23, 2013
HollywoodChicago.com

This is the feature directorial debut of actress Amy Seimetz, and while it doesn't quite go all the way, it demonstrates an interesting sense of style and a firm handle on expressing an inner world on film.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
The Playlist

Amy Seimetz's intoxicating slice of genre revisionism earns its "neo" prefix, envisioning a brightly sinister world where desperation is the new normal.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013
Slant Magazine

'I gotta take a route that don't make sense,' Leo says, explaining his haphazard getaway plans, and his remark becomes a sort of mission statement for the lost, hapless, maladjusted and not particularly intelligent souls who inhabit this 'mumblenoir.'

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Amy Seimetz' feature debut Sun Don't Shine haunts and thrives.

Full Review… | October 28, 2012
Twitch

The sun don't shine but you may find it quite hard to breathe, such is the tension of Amy Seimetz's impressive debut feature, which uses the oppressive, sultry heat of Florida to accentuate the over-bearing atmosphere.

Full Review… | June 23, 2012
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Sun Don't Shine

'Sun Don't Shine'. Highly combustible characters and tension that escalates nicely. Amy Seimetz is a talented gal! Sound design rocks too.

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A sullen and violent man and his jealous and manipulative girlfriend flee from cops in central Florida. Good performances and sporadic emotional outbursts can't save this tale of lovers on the run that covers familiar ground too slowly.

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