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Sugar Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2009
This Sugar doesn't blend the sweet with the bittersweet as deftly as it might have.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
May 9, 2014
The problem is that it is incredibly tedious and at some point very uneventful.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 3, 2009
An often engaging drama that tackles provocative issues, but, without a sensitive and intelligent screenplay, it ultimately fails to be truly moving, profound or memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
April 16, 2009
The approach is flighty at best and a cinematic bait-and-switch at worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
April 2, 2009
It seems Fleck and Boden didn't have much of a game plan for the main character off the mound after all, and this wearying aimlessness waters down the tension of Sugar's rapidly imploding life, grinding the film to a disappointing halt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
May 9, 2014
The cinematic equivalent of an investigative Sports Illustrated two-parter.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 3, 2009
Let down by a manipulative script recycled from dozens of sports and immigrant movies. At least it dispenses with a Hollywood ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
May 14, 2009
While it's interesting, it's never truly absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Armond White
New York Press
April 1, 2009
Such indie banality -- linked to liberal message-mongering -- proves Fleck-Boden go into a slump long before rookie Miguel.
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 20, 2013
This is a tragic sports movie that shies away from every element of tragedy.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 20, 2013
The camera is on Sugar the whole time, but the faux-documentary approach keeps him out of reach in all the ways that really matter.
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.
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 16, 2009
Algenis Perez Soto plays the character so openly, so naturally, that an interesting thing happens: Baseball is only the backdrop, not the subject. This is a wonderful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
Pete Hammond
April 3, 2009
A striking document of an immigrant's journey, in some ways reminiscent of Elia Kazan's Oscar nominated 1963 film, "America, America".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 2, 2009
A quietly surprising drama.
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