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Sugar Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 8, 2016
A raw and insightful film that will appeal to viewers who may or may not be sports fans.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nicole Armour
Film Comment Magazine
October 20, 2014
Sugar's personal achievement is uplifting-and it's also cause for celebration when artists create just for the love of the game.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 9, 2014
This captures many moving moments and atmospheres in the diverse settings, bu the narrative arc isn't quite as engaging as it could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
May 9, 2014
A familiarity with baseball is probably crucial to getting the most out of this quiet, absorbing drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
May 9, 2014
Just as Hoop Dreams had the urgency of great storytelling, Sugar exhibits the patience of the most penetrating documentary.
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
March 20, 2013
You get the perfectly calibrated story of one young man's travels, not just to the United States from his tiny island country but to the land of expectations that come with adulthood.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 20, 2013
I've watched thousands of baseball games and seen tons of baseball movies, but Sugar opened new doors of understanding and insight.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
March 20, 2013
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the makers of Half Nelson, return with another subtly observed drama about a character on the outskirts of mainstream America.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
March 20, 2013
Sugar, a baseball movie, an immigrant parable and a thoroughly entertaining drama that accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of putting a fresh face on the fractured American Dream.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 20, 2013
Not only have director-writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck crafted a poignant immigrant tale, they've made a sports saga rife with rare truths.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 20, 2013
To tell you what happens to him from here would be a tremendous disservice. We'll just say that, refreshingly, nothing about it is sickly sweet.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 20, 2013
Boden and Fleck are attentive to detail and the nuances of social interaction -- in the cornfields of Middle America as well as in the Dominican Republic. And Sugar is a thorny but endearing hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Ralske
TV Guide
March 20, 2013
It is full of so much humor, grace, and unexpected detail, and arrives in such a truthful place, that in the end it's far more enthralling than the typical rags-to-riches tale one might have anticipated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2013
A rich and moving reminder of the way professional sports aspirations can shape someone's destiny in the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 20, 2013
As the film plays out its melancholy story, we realize that what we are watching is far rarer than the usual sports flick.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Neil Pond
American Profile
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
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.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
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
Nick Rogers
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
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
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.
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