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Honeydripper Reviews

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February 29, 2008
John Sayles returns with another literate, professional, yet highly enjoyable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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.
February 15, 2008
A musical period piece that manages to be lighthearted and socially conscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 13, 2008
Gorgeous cinematography, fine acting, splendid music, good old-fashioned story -- what's not to like?
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
February 7, 2008
This movie is dripping a lot of things, none of them honey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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+
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
January 18, 2008
Has John Sayles finally lost his mojo?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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