Sonny Reviews

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February 20, 2006
This overlooked drama by Nic Cage packs an emotional wallop.
October 21, 2005
August 29, 2005
March 7, 2004
Back to the housewives with ya, and now that Cage has the vanity project out of his system, he can go back to making more movies with Spike Jonze.
September 17, 2003
Too defensive and earnest about its topic to be either fun or illuminating.
January 6, 2003
Sunk by way too much indulgence of scene-chewing, teeth-gnashing actorliness.
December 27, 2002
It's just plain lurid when it isn't downright silly.
December 27, 2002
Actors generally make good actor's directors, but Sonny is a mixed bag in that department.
December 27, 2002
Enchanted with low-life tragedy and liberally seasoned with emotional outbursts ... What is sorely missing, however, is the edge of wild, lunatic invention that we associate with Cage's best acting.
December 27, 2002
There's too much forced drama in this wildly uneven movie, about a young man's battle with his inescapable past and uncertain future in a very shapable but largely unfulfilling present.
December 27, 2002
An instant candidate for worst movie of the year.
December 27, 2002
Author John Carlen has abstrusely captured that struggle of one man simply trying to be human in nonhuman, vile, circumstances.
December 27, 2002
Keep your day job, Nicolas Cage. This shockingly inept directorial debut reveals the brooding actor to be a hackneyed helmer.
December 27, 2002
Nicolas Cage isn't the first actor to lead a group of talented friends astray, and this movie won't create a ruffle in what is already an erratic career.
December 26, 2002
Earnest and tentative even when it aims to shock.
December 26, 2002
Franco is an excellent choice for the walled-off but combustible hustler, but he does not give the transcendent performance SONNY needs to overcome gaps in character development and story logic.
December 26, 2002
It is as uncompromising as it is nonjudgmental, and makes clear that a prostitute can be as lonely and needy as any of the clients.
December 25, 2002
Preposterous and tedious, Sonny is spiked with unintentional laughter that, unfortunately, occurs too infrequently to make the film even a guilty pleasure.
December 25, 2002
Amid the clich and foreshadowing, Cage manages a degree of casual realism ... that is routinely dynamited by Blethyn.
December 24, 2002
John Carlen's script is full of unhappy, two-dimensional characters who are anything but compelling.
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