This overlooked drama by Nic Cage packs an emotional wallop.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Too defensive and earnest about its topic to be either fun or illuminating.
| Original Score: 1/4
Sunk by way too much indulgence of scene-chewing, teeth-gnashing actorliness.
It's just plain lurid when it isn't downright silly.
| Original Score: 2/5
Actors generally make good actor's directors, but Sonny is a mixed bag in that department.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: C
Author John Carlen has abstrusely captured that struggle of one man simply trying to be human in nonhuman, vile, circumstances.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Keep your day job, Nicolas Cage. This shockingly inept directorial debut reveals the brooding actor to be a hackneyed helmer.
| Original Score: F
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.
An instant candidate for worst movie of the year.
| Original Score: 1/4
Earnest and tentative even when it aims to shock.
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Preposterous and tedious, Sonny is spiked with unintentional laughter that, unfortunately, occurs too infrequently to make the film even a guilty pleasure.
Amid the cliché and foreshadowing, Cage manages a degree of casual realism ... that is routinely dynamited by Blethyn.
John Carlen's script is full of unhappy, two-dimensional characters who are anything but compelling.
The story is bogus and its characters tissue-thin.
As the sulking, moody male hustler in the title role, [Franco] has all of Dean's mannerisms and self-indulgence, but none of his sweetness and vulnerability.