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Honeydripper Reviews

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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
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
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
March 14, 2008
Never reaches its full tempo
Read More | Original Score: B-
Edward Douglas
December 24, 2007
Falls quite short of its mark, mostly due to the poor casting as well as a deathly slow pace that far too often veers away from [the film's] greatest strength, which is the music.
| Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Barsanti
December 24, 2007
so lacking in punch or drive that you just start waiting for the thing to end
| Original Score: 2/5
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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 2, 2008
Written and directed by the indefatigable indie idol John Sayles, the movie is well-acted, but it's as talky as if it were written for the stage, with fatally slow pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 2, 2008
Honeydripper, directed by John Sayles, is a shambling fusion of pop mythology and social mosaic.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 9, 2008
The large cast is admirable, but the joint doesn't so much jump as shuffle earnestly from foot to foot.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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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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
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
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+
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 17, 2007
John Sayles's mediocre Honeydipper is flanked by two great scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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-
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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
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
October 4, 2007
Very light and quite predictable.
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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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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
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