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Sugar Reviews

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John Anderson
Newsday
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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
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David Jenkins
Time Out
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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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 8, 2009
This is a film that finds certain purity in disillusionment and freedom in failure. Which may not be sweet, but it is tasty.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 8, 2009
A terrific film that's not just for sports fans. Written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, it's as insightful as it is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 30, 2009
With the moving, absorbing drama Sugar, Boden and Fleck not only avoid the sophomore slump, they demolish it, delivering a film of rare intelligence, beauty and compassion.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 23, 2009
Put this one in the Win column.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 23, 2009
A sports movie that transcends its genre.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 23, 2009
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's film is a modest but masterful triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 17, 2009
The film's strength is reportorial, sensitively exploring a theme that has grown ever more prominent with the globalization of sport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 17, 2009
This is a drama of shifting values and compromised ideals, arriving at a view of life that's wise, complicated, and tinged with melancholy.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 17, 2009
Sugar is a departure from movies of its kind in quietly observing that life is often a series of base hits rather than grand-slam homers. The film has few moments of high drama and the games played matter only in how they shape Soto's character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 16, 2009
Easily one of the year's best, Sugar is an intelligent and sublimely moving film that should not be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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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
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
April 10, 2009
Sugar is a gripping look at the immigrant experience, with small moments as important -- and visually arresting -- as any on the baseball diamond.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 9, 2009
In its unhurried fashion, Sugar can take its place with the best baseball movies. Where most focus on the grand slam, this one's about the life that surrounds the game and everything that comes after.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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April 9, 2009
Scenes that would usually be mere setup ... become engaging in their own right. ... game and practice sequences have an easy authenticity from the start.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
April 6, 2009
Fleck and Boden are clearly storytellers.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
April 6, 2009
It's got an authenticity that most sports films lack.
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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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 3, 2009
A thoughtful drama about guys who have a moment in the big time before returning home to an odd reflected glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 3, 2009
Sugar is an inside-the-park homer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 3, 2009
A moving, surprising and provocative baseball flick that rises immediately to No. 1 with a bullet on my personal list.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2009
It's a beautifully made film about a young man's journey of self-discovery, about how Miguel "Sugar" Santos makes his way in the world and tries to figure out, as we all do, who he is meant to be.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 2, 2009
It is both sad and hopeful, but the film's sorrow and its optimism arise from its rarest and most thrilling quality, which is its deep and humane honesty.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 2, 2009
Boden and Fleck are exceptional talents who refuse to sweeten Sugar for mass consumption. The result is raw and riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 2, 2009
A quietly surprising drama.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 2, 2009
Think of it as a subtle arthouse antidote to the groaning galaxy of baseball movies, a film more concerned with character, mood, and capturing a highly specific cultural milieu than with big games that invariably come down to the very last inning.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 2, 2009
The most remarkable thing Sugar does is give American viewers a sense of how our country must seem to a newly arrived immigrant, without caricaturing or condescending to either guest or host.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 1, 2009
This is a sports drama of total originality, as well as the most authentic inside view of the immigrant experience the movies have given us in quite a while.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
April 1, 2009
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have transformed some of the saggiest, most clichéd genres with smarts, non-screechy politics, superb acting, and visual beauty.
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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
October 18, 2008
Rich in texture and colour, music and aura.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2008
The immigrant experience has been seen many times on film before but rarely with the authenticity, wit and intelligence of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's Sugar.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 24, 2008
Sympathetic, genial and exceedingly wholesome, it's a film that, once seen, will permanently and favorably influence the way viewers regard the characters' real-life counterparts.