Critic Reviews for Sugar
can't imagine a baseball fan%u2014or a moviegoer%u2014who wouldn't respond on some level to the new film "Sugar," a rich and moving reminder of the way professional sports aspirations can shape someone's destiny in the real world, as opposed to the mytho
This tale of tortured love between a gay youth and street hustler juggles a complex load of emotional and tonal colors within an admirably lean runtime.
This probation of the American Dream, a highlight of the Sundance Film Festival, benefits from a wonderful lead performance by a nonprofessional actor
A strong story with moments of insight and a vivid sense of mortality, but it's also scrappy and indulgent.
Audience Reviews for Sugar
86% of critics liked this.... yea. well dont ask me, i dont know anything.
More interesting than entertaining but I did like it.
A surprisingly excellent, and considering the source material is from Bruce LeBruce, unexploitative drama based on semi-autobiographical short stories.
Made on a shoe-string budget (and looking it), there's real talent here both behind and in front of the cameras. Director John Palmer infuses the film with an energy that doesn't let up, with bravaura camera techniques shot on hand-held and a realistic lighting scheme. The story is pretty downbeat and depressing, as expected, but the characters don't wallow in self-pity and through the short running time we get to know them very well. There's little backstory but the characters already feel like they've been on a journey even when they've only just been introduced.
The writing is provocative and the performances from Brendan Fehr, and in particular, Andre Noble (who died shortly after filming was complete from accidental poising) are superb, and there's a fantastic cameo from Sarah Polley.
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