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Honeydripper Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 27, 2008
An engaging and inspirational tale... handled with graceful understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
October 18, 2008
It's optimistic, and maybe it doesn't have a heck of a lot to do with history, but it's a tale well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
While this may not be the rowdiest birth-of-rock-'n'-roll film ever made -- it's very likely the least rowdy -- Sayles addresses a transitional moment in his own patient, precise way.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 22, 2008
It's a leisurely paced period musical drama set in the Jim Crow south of the 1950s that's steeped in the black southern mores ... .
Full Review | Original Score: B
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 5, 2008
John Sayles, after 27 years and 16 films, is the ancient mariner of independent cinema, navigating the constantly swirling waters of the genre with passion and skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 1, 2008
This isn't the kind of flashy Big Issue movie that makes people stand up and take notice. It's quiet and moody, with outbursts of strong emotion and energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 2, 2008
inert
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 21, 2008
In this allegory, you understand, times change and troubles stay the same.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 21, 2008
... a tone deaf movie, filled with obvious, overly expository dialogue and sometimes patronizing symbols.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 17, 2008
The movie's central story is too slight and predictable to justify all the embroidery Sayles adds around the edges.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
March 14, 2008
Never reaches its full tempo
| Original Score: B-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 13, 2008
Those who are patient will be rewarded with an engaging cast and the type of rousing ending that makes it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 10, 2008
The cumulative effect is very tasty indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 7, 2008
It survives on its versatile leads, its smoky cinematography (courtesy of Dick Pope) and its seductive musical performances, which run from gospel to jazz to blues to the to the electrifying kick-start of early rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 6, 2008
John Sayles is back in the saddle with another film in his regional cinema series
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
March 4, 2008
like a rich and complex novel rendered as a visual experience that is equally rich and as unabashedly poetic in its images as Sayles is with his metaphors
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
February 29, 2008
Honeydripper is an electrifying period piece about how music can bring folks together and generally save one's soul -- or at least its final 15 minutes is. The rest of the time, it's just a lot of sassy talk and scenery.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 29, 2008
Even more than the music in this musically rich picture, the great pleasure of Honeydripper is in watching Danny Glover as Tyrone Purvis, the club owner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
February 29, 2008
Honeydripper is a pleasant enough story, but when Sayles is involved, it is a shock to feel so little.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 29, 2008
With its cotton-field locations, diddley-bo props and scripted nods toward blues history and mythology, 'Honeydripper' somehow feels touristy rather than authentic -- as if it were a product of research rather than passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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