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Honeydripper Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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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
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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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
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 15, 2008
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 18, 2008
The wonderful cast, mainly black, carries it all with ease, even sailing past occasional false moments.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 18, 2008
[Sayles is] more concerned with spinning a ground-level human comedy than searching for pie in the sky. His movie is rich with characters and flowing with music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 7, 2008
It's infused with some great music.
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 4, 2008
Moviemaking seems to have become almost magically easy for this independent writer-director.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 4, 2008
Honeydripper, is medium-grade [John] Sayles.
Full Review | Original Score: b-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 3, 2008
A leisurely, atmospheric production with lots of time to appreciate [Sayles'] largely African-American cast, along with rocking musical interludes and just the faintest wash of spirituality.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
January 3, 2008
Together with production designer Toby Corbett and costume designer Hope Hanafin, they get their visual cues from the narrative and the music, creating a rich, down-to-earth environment where violence and magic seem equally possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 2, 2008
The film gets better as it goes along, and it closes with a rousing musical flourish, as immensely charismatic newcomer Clark Jr. finally hits the stage. At last, Sayles' sleepy drama wakes with a start.
| Original Score: B-
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 2, 2008
Honeydripper takes forever to develop its characters, its period and its location. But once it's done all that, the payoffs are rich.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 2, 2008
It's a lovely portrait of a fabled time and place, but wasn't there a bit of ugliness, too?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2007
The film does feature a host of interesting characters and, as always with Sayles, the dialogue has more than a few zingers.
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John Anderson
Variety
September 11, 2007
In the endearing musical time-piece Honeydripper, the indie icon [Sayles] lets his narrative gifts take the lead and the social issues follow like a tight bass line.