Sugar Reviews

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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
A rich and moving reminder of the way professional sports aspirations can shape someone's destiny in the real world.
March 20, 2013
This is a tragic sports movie that shies away from every element of tragedy.
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.
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.
June 5, 2009
As a sports movie the film perhaps lacks the pace and punch to capture the genre's traditional audience. But Sugar is much more than a sports movie. It is a picture of integrity, intelligence and empathy that studiously avoids cliché.
June 5, 2009
Sugar is a revelation, not least in the way it ducks an onrush of cliche to expose the whole rags-to-riches mantra as a bright and shining lie.
June 5, 2009
Poignant and beautifully written, directed and performed, Sugar confirms Boden and Fleck as eloquent chroniclers of the underbelly of the American dream.
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.
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.
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.
April 23, 2009
A sports movie that transcends its genre.
April 23, 2009
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's film is a modest but masterful triumph.
April 17, 2009
The film's strength is reportorial, sensitively exploring a theme that has grown ever more prominent with the globalization of sport.
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.
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.
April 16, 2009
Easily one of the year's best, Sugar is an intelligent and sublimely moving film that should not be missed.
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