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Sonny Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 20, 2006
This overlooked drama by Nic Cage packs an emotional wallop.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
December 27, 2002
Author John Carlen has abstrusely captured that struggle of one man simply trying to be human in nonhuman, vile, circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
November 22, 2002
An engrossing and grim portrait of hookers: what they think of themselves and their clients.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
September 4, 2002
Cage makes an unusual but pleasantly haunting debut behind the camera.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 29, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 17, 2003
Too defensive and earnest about its topic to be either fun or illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 6, 2003
Sunk by way too much indulgence of scene-chewing, teeth-gnashing actorliness.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 27, 2002
It's just plain lurid when it isn't downright silly.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 27, 2002
Actors generally make good actor's directors, but Sonny is a mixed bag in that department.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 27, 2002
An instant candidate for worst movie of the year.
| Original Score: 1/4

E! Online
December 27, 2002
Keep your day job, Nicolas Cage. This shockingly inept directorial debut reveals the brooding actor to be a hackneyed helmer.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Top Critic
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.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 26, 2002
Earnest and tentative even when it aims to shock.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 25, 2002
Amid the cliché and foreshadowing, Cage manages a degree of casual realism ... that is routinely dynamited by Blethyn.
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