Sugar Reviews

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October 9, 2019
Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck could have created a cliché-ridden film...But the pair (who also made the teacher drama Half Nelson), are more concerned with humanism than proving that dreams do come true.
August 9, 2018
By refusing to "win one for the Gipper" or any of the other boring sporty standards, the directors have a lot to be proud of. By being a little bit bolder, however, they really could have hit it out of the park.
February 3, 2018
Sugar is one smart, beautiful movie, and from where I stand, it is an instant classic with the guts and integrity to remain focused on a winning story about a flowering American-immigrant soul.
September 18, 2017
Sugar is worth seeing not because it invalidates baseball's meritocracy, or because it makes us feel guilty for enjoying the national pastime, but because it shows us with empathy and insight how baseball players are more than what they do on the field.
January 8, 2016
A raw and insightful film that will appeal to viewers who may or may not be sports fans.
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.
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.
May 9, 2014
The problem is that it is incredibly tedious and at some point very uneventful.
May 9, 2014
A familiarity with baseball is probably crucial to getting the most out of this quiet, absorbing drama.
May 9, 2014
Just as Hoop Dreams had the urgency of great storytelling, Sugar exhibits the patience of the most penetrating documentary.
May 9, 2014
The cinematic equivalent of an investigative Sports Illustrated two-parter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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