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Honeydripper Reviews

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March 21, 2008
... a tone deaf movie, filled with obvious, overly expository dialogue and sometimes patronizing symbols.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
February 7, 2008
This movie is dripping a lot of things, none of them honey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2008
Never reaches its full tempo
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
December 24, 2007
so lacking in punch or drive that you just start waiting for the thing to end
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
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
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+
January 18, 2008
Has John Sayles finally lost his mojo?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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 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
December 17, 2007
John Sayles's mediocre Honeydipper is flanked by two great scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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-
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
October 4, 2007
Very light and quite predictable.
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 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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