Honeydripper Reviews

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November 16, 2011
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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.
June 10, 2008
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.
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.
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 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.
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 1, 2008
Honeydripper, by veteran American director John Sayles, shows just how much life music can give to a movie.
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.
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 18, 2008
Has John Sayles finally lost his mojo?
January 18, 2008
The wonderful cast, mainly black, carries it all with ease, even sailing past occasional false moments.
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.
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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