Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Director Martin Ritt soaks us in the heat, the beauty, the racism and the buzzing cicadas of Louisiana.
Ritt's film must respond to the needs of an entertainment industry, and in its desire to be uplifting, leaves its characters one-dimensional without ensuring that the one dimension is heroic.
If Sounder, an inteligent enough movie, avoids all the major pitfalls of its type, it also lacks the excitement that may have come from plumbing greater depths and discovering a few tougher, less accessible insights.
It is one of the most compassionate and truthful of movies, and there's not a level where it doesn't succeed completely.
Painfully honest, unpretentious, and blessedly simple.
The family's solidarity in the face of intimidating odds -- poverty, racism, injustice -- gives the movie a humanistic, optimistic center.
Affecting update of the coming-of-age classic.
Honest and touching, Martin Ritt's Oscar-nominated Sounder, a Depression-era saga, does proud the American family and the American family movie genre.
Heartbreaking and intelligent.
A very fine unpretentious, heartwarming and uplifting family drama about a Deep South black sharecropper family trying to survive during the Depression.
A masterwork from director Martin Ritt. Movies are rarely this empathetic.
Another fine example of Martin Ritt's earthy southern dramas
This tale of a poor black family in the post slavery period is a good but not great early attempt to investigate the continuing influence of racism in the deep South. Likely stirring it its time, it has been eclipsed with far better more modern works.
A great family drama about how shitty it was to be black, poor, and live in Louisiana during the Great Depression. It's not over sentimental and race isn't as big a issue as you would think. Great performances from Winfield and Hooks as father and son.
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