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Sugar Reviews

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September 29, 2011
Follows its own path, defying stereotypes and avoiding just about every sports-movie cliché and fish-out-of-water convention, all the way to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 18, 2011
We begin to get the feeling that the United States of Baseball is somehow grander and more generous than the United States of America.
March 1, 2011
A portrait of an immigrant, a sports movie commentating on the machinations of American sport and a coming-of-age drama: Sugar is not short of subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2010
Steroids enter the equation, but "Sugar's" narrative turns feel more generous than obvious - emphasizing baseball's calming, community ideas over its cult of personality. The gravity of Miguel's plight stays with you, but so does his eventual peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 1, 2010
Fresh perspectives offer fresh ideas, even if they don't result in a smile and a happy Frank Sinatra song about love.
January 31, 2010
At a time when sabermetrics break players down into pages of predictive statistics, Sugar delivers a potent reminder of off-the-field challenges that affect performance on the field.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 25, 2010
Not your usual film about chasing the American dream, Sugar gains mileage instead from a more sober brand of inspiration while imparting wisdom in the form of welcome reality checks.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 16, 2009
In a word, Sugar is extraordinary.
August 30, 2009
Though a little long at two hours, Sugar is a treat for any serious student of baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2009
Sugar makes my top ten list of baseball films. It's not your typical sports film, it's emotionally honest, and it's delightfully detailed, yet subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 25, 2009
Scarcely a manipulative or fake moment
August 22, 2009
Sugar showcases a lovely performance by Soto, a match for the modest, low-key filmmaking style of Boden and Fleck... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 30, 2009
Full of life, even sexy and at times bouncy (and with a fine score), Sugar is a lovely, moving treat... full of rich supporting characters.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2009
Sugar is a refined and appealing love letter to baseball, and a reminder of all that makes it matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2009
Pays such attention to detail ... that it's easy to forget you're watching a work of fiction and not a documentary about a real-life star on the rise.
| Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2009 immigrant's song, a story about cultural dislocations and human connections that happens to be one of the year's best movies.
Read More | Original Score: 91/100
June 12, 2009
We're so used to sports movies hitting certain dramatic beats that when "Sugar" completely avoids them, it forces us to sit up and pay attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2009
What's this? An inspirational sports flick whose every step doesn't lead up to the climactic Big Game in which the underdog hero must score that touchdown/hit that home run/kick that goal/deck that opponent?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2009
Sugar is a slow-burning exploration of the immigrant experience that grows more compelling as Miguel starts to realise he might not be good enough to realise his dream.
June 5, 2009
In 'Sugar', the pair skilfully dismantle the timeworn themes, characters and story patterns of the conventional sports movie and then reassemble them as a rich, socially astute realist drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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