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The Price of Sugar Reviews

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September 28, 2007
Like most documentary polemics, it simplifies the issues it confronts and selects facts that bolster its black-and-white, heroes-and-villains view of raw economic power.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 28, 2007
[A] no-frills doc, which isn't done any favors by Newman's monotone narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 27, 2007
Few will doubt the priest's claims given the Dominican Republic's appalling human-rights record; one only wishes they had been explored in an objective documentary format.
October 21, 2007
... even those naturally sympathetic to the film's position may feel like they're taking their medicine.
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2007
The tainted relationship between the dessert on our tables and the suffering of those who produce it gets a horrifying workout in Bill Haney's multilayered account of Haitian cane cutters in the Dominican Republic.
September 11, 2007
The director's investigation has a clear-sighted persuasiveness, as well as a formidable, complex central figure in the person of Father Christopher Hartley.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2009
These Haitian sugar slaves are starved, beaten, disappeared, malnourished, and lacking uncontaminated drinking water, even as other far more privileged foreigners frolic in the waters of the DR's tropical tourist paradise nearby.
September 28, 2007
Uplifting and enraging in equal measures, Bill Haney's The Price of Sugar is a powerful issue-driven documentary that also happens to have one of the most compelling heroes of any movie this year.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 27, 2007
A portrait of a modern-day saint, a courageous Spanish Catholic priest in the Dominican Republic with a ministry of compassion to poor, enslaved Haitian immigrants. One of the best documentaries of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 9, 2007
It's been conceived and executed as an instrument of human rights and a tool of shame. But it's the political controversy that's at the heart of this movie -- the contempt that one poor country feels toward its somewhat poorer neighbor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2007
A vivid, visual experience that will easily convince skeptics that slavery is alive and well.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 2, 2007
In this compelling documentary, narrated by Paul Newman, Hartley comes off as a man of intense will, and he needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2007
In the end, this is a fevered tale of an outsider, spurred on by his belief in God, who believes his role in life is to save a people, and for a while it seems he is making a difference. What film can top that nowadays?
September 27, 2007
Profoundly disturbing.
September 28, 2007
Illuminating and deeply distressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2007
Haney doesn't strive for balance, and he doesn't have to; the images speak for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2007
Price of Sugar is designed to educate, outrage and finally spur viewers to action. That it does so with vibrant visual style and an engaging narrative makes it that rare consciousness-raising film that's not only good for you, but a joy to watch.
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