Sunshine State Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 22, 2011
This well acted ensemble melodrama is not one of John Sayles' strongest films.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Sayles' writing is so good, and so convincing, he makes the experience more like reading a complex and well-researched novel than watching a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 12, 2004
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Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brett Buckalew
FilmStew.com
May 28, 2003
Sunshine State certainly ranks as one of the director's richest, most satisfying films.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 30, 2003
Could have been much more than good, if only it didn't seem so unfocused, and so many characters didn't seem insufficiently explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 9, 2003
Not all of the stories work and the ones that do are thin and scattered, but the film works well enough to make it worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
December 13, 2002
John Sayles has crafted a bleak, not-so-happy view of what many parts of the sunshine state are really like as developers snap up and exploit what hasn't already been turned into a theme park, resort, or retirement community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 1, 2002
The shrillness of [Sayles's] more political films is gone, leaving a clear set of opinions but a more even-handed feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 20, 2002
...as good as all the performances are, they just can't make up for the fact that it's just too darn long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The dialogue is sharp and insightful, the cast is superb, the performances are rock-solid, the story is provocative and multilayered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 5, 2002
Sunshine State lacks the kind of dynamic that Limbo offers, and in some ways is a rather indulgent piece.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
September 12, 2002
...Sayles continuously wrings stirring drama from everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2002
Being a Sayles film, this has a way of looking at things with more patience and maturity than a plot summary might lead us to expect.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 26, 2002
Exquisitely acted and masterfully if preciously interwoven... [the film] addresses in a fascinating, intelligent manner the intermingling of race, politics and local commerce.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
August 20, 2002
A fiercely intelligent South Florida mosaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
August 16, 2002
Sayles has a knack for casting, often resurrecting performers who rarely work in movies now ... and drawing flavorful performances from bland actors.
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
August 12, 2002
Thanks to John Sayles, audiences can rely on a director who understands time and place like no other. If Altman weren't so fried he's make Sunshine State
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 9, 2002
Sunshine State resembles Sayles' sketchbook more than his finished work, and we might hope that something more polished might spring from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
August 9, 2002
At its best, Sunshine State is vintage Sayles, full of richly drawn characters and witty dialogue.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
August 9, 2002
Sunshine State is Sayles at his most Robert Altman-ish, purposefully juggling about a dozen narrative balls in the air, and letting the mundanity and smallish drama of everyday life tell a larger story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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