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Honeydripper Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 29, 2008
John Sayles returns with another literate, professional, yet highly enjoyable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 22, 2008
Although Honeydripper won a screenplay award at the San Sebastián Film Festival, it's not Sayles' strongest work. Part of the problem is that it keeps building to a rock-'n'-roll payoff that never quite arrives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 22, 2008
With each turn of events being telegraphed well in advance, there are no surprises in Sayles' script. The cast, however, headed by Glover's complex portrait of a man plagued by his past, is fresh enough to cover the stale plot mechanics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 21, 2008
Trudging nobly under a mantle of impeccably earnest intentions and a fussy, too-quaint-by-half production design, Honeydripper lags and drags to its utterly predictable end. There's not a spark of spontaneity or soul about it.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 15, 2008
A musical period piece that manages to be lighthearted and socially conscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 13, 2008
Gorgeous cinematography, fine acting, splendid music, good old-fashioned story -- what's not to like?
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 8, 2008
It has all the reliable components of Sayles' films: a strong social conscience; well-drawn characters whose lives overlap convincingly; a languid pace that allows for the honest unfolding of their foibles and fears; a vivid evocation of a place and time.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 8, 2008
It's a solid history lesson that's less solid as a movie, simply because so much of the weight seems to be crammed into a too-fragile framework. As a film, Honeydripper is fine history put to less fine use.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 8, 2008
It's best to forget the story here and focus on those small moments that shine in any Sayles film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 7, 2008
This movie is dripping a lot of things, none of them honey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
February 1, 2008
Honeydripper's story isn't anything you haven't seen a dozen times before, but where Sayles succeeds is in his ability to dramatize the psychological and linguistic details that give identity to a subculture struggling for survival.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
February 1, 2008
Strangely, and perhaps due to the music, the film moves with more verve than much of Sayles' recent work. But it's still flat and disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
February 1, 2008
Honeydripper, by veteran American director John Sayles, shows just how much life music can give to a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
February 1, 2008
A movie with a lot of pulled dramatic punches, Honeydripper is still very likable. Its real attraction is real blues stars playing live with an energy that would float a much lesser movie than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 1, 2008
A contemplative fable, Honeydripper locates the moment but misses the heart-pounding, gut-wrenching explosion -- the history is there, the thrill isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 1, 2008
John Sayles is a natural storyteller and national treasure, dedicated to spinning narratives of America, state by state, into a vibrant quilt of 20th-century American history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 29, 2008
The only surprise in all this scripted sentiment is its apparent conclusion that maybe the blues deserve to be dead
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Susan Granger
January 22, 2008
Filled with observant, atmosphere-drenched, folkloric vignettes that delineate racism in that time in that place.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 21, 2008
As Sayles is messing with a brilliant legacy one can only hope he'll exercise more discernment the next time he sets downto write a script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 18, 2008
Has John Sayles finally lost his mojo?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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