Sunlight Jr. (2013)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't offer much in the way of uplift, but Sunlight Jr.'s grim storyline is offset by Laurie Collyer's empathetic screenplay and strong performances from Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.

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SUNLIGHT JR. spotlights hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa (Naomi Watts) and her disabled boyfriend, Richie (Matt Dillon), who are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. Their luck may be changing when they learn that Melissa has become pregnant. But as soon as she loses her job and they get evicted from the motel they live in, their joy vanishes. Through this adversity, the couple realizes that they can never lose everything as long as they have each other. (c)Gravitas
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Naomi Watts
as Melissa
Matt Dillon
as Richie
Norman Reedus
as Justin
Tess Harper
as Kathleen
Fawad Siddique
as Hotel Manager
Judith Townsend
as Prenatal Doctor
Janette Sepwa
as Social Worker
Tom Nowicki
as Doctor
Salem Murphy
as Sonographer
Rachael Thompson
as Book Woman
Dorothy Massey
as Baby's Mother
Will Hazenzahl
as Tourist Dad
Jamie Middleton
as Tourist Mom
Carlee Miller
as Kitty Litter Woman
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Critic Reviews for Sunlight Jr.

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (15)

If Sunlight Jr. does anything, it is to shine a light on the fact that the American dream is dormant notion for far too many.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Top Critic

Urine tests and evictions, drunken brawls and rare outbursts of tenderness and grace. Collyer takes it all in, with a clear eye and no judgment.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Collyer paints a sobering and important picture of the way many of us live now.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Despite the intensity of their performances, Ms. Watts and Mr. Dillon are only fleetingly convincing as these desperate young Americans trying to maintain a foothold.

November 14, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Collyer never looks down on her characters; instead, her films have the quality of a good Springsteen song.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Top Critic

A compelling portrayal of the grinding life of America's working poor, brought into sharp focus by intense lead performances from Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sunlight Jr.

Despite the uplifting title, Sunlight Jr. Is a dull drama heading towards a very unhappy ending. Naomi Watts gave a good performance but the mediocre script and lousy story made it all hard to enjoy.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

Sunlight Jr. was good. Watts and Dillon were outstanding. I liked the whole idea that movie centers around the store.

Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres

this movie just proves a point that u can watch naomi watts in nearly anything but NOT LITERALLY anything. yuck yuck yucky movie. blah.

Phyllis Gray
Phyllis Gray

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