Honeydripper Reviews

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November 16, 2011
October 1, 2008
April 2, 2008
March 21, 2008
... a tone deaf movie, filled with obvious, overly expository dialogue and sometimes patronizing symbols.
March 17, 2008
The movie's central story is too slight and predictable to justify all the embroidery Sayles adds around the edges.
March 14, 2008
Never reaches its full tempo
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.
February 29, 2008
Honeydripper is a pleasant enough story, but when Sayles is involved, it is a shock to feel so little.
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.
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.
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 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.
February 8, 2008
It's best to forget the story here and focus on those small moments that shine in any Sayles film.
February 7, 2008
This movie is dripping a lot of things, none of them honey.
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.
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.
January 29, 2008
The only surprise in all this scripted sentiment is its apparent conclusion that maybe the blues deserve to be dead
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.
January 18, 2008
Has John Sayles finally lost his mojo?
January 9, 2008
The large cast is admirable, but the joint doesn't so much jump as shuffle earnestly from foot to foot.
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