Sunlight Jr. Reviews

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August 29, 2019
The highest praise here should be reserved for Collyer, once again proving she's adept at capturing a believable portrait of people living day by day through rough times and desperate moments.
March 2, 2019
... obviously not going to be on anyone's "feel good" list-but it is a really great film. It's gritty and depressing and devoid of hope, but Watts and Dillon nail it.
July 12, 2017
Sunlight Jr. has the heart in the right place but comes up short in many regards.
April 18, 2014
Shows american lives that the screen usually neglects
December 21, 2013
Uncovers with rare candor on screen, the psychology, economic distress and depleting emotions layering over the lives of the US working poor today, and flipping the script on the American dream.
December 5, 2013
...could be perceived as a dreary downer, there's a kind of magic... Watts shines through her ill-fitting uniforms, Dillon retains a leading man's indomitability.. .. they give each other reason to persist.
November 30, 2013
Sobering, depressing and tedious, filled with far too much unresolved adversity and overwhelming despair to be recommended as 'entertainment.'
November 24, 2013
The movie consequently suffers from a lack of emotional resonance that's both unfortunate and disastrous...
November 22, 2013
The well-intentioned film can't overcome a screenplay that feels more contrived as the problems pile up for the couple.
November 22, 2013
Like many other films this year, such as 'Before Midnight' and 'Blue Is the Warmest Color,' it asks whether that's true and wonders if a couple might actually be better breaking up.
November 19, 2013
There are two intensely professional performances at the heart and soul of Sunlight Jr., from A-minus list actors fully investing themselves in bringing the gloom, playing their characters' distresses subtler than Collyer's screenplay presents them.
November 17, 2013
It belongs to Naomi Watts, playing a woman who retains her dignity in spite of endless difficulties. It's work done between the lines, in the silent moments.
November 15, 2013
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.
November 15, 2013
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.
November 14, 2013
Collyer paints a sobering and important picture of the way many of us live now.
November 14, 2013
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.
Top Critic
November 14, 2013
Collyer never looks down on her characters; instead, her films have the quality of a good Springsteen song.
November 14, 2013
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.
November 14, 2013
It's a sad, thoughtful film, and you leave it without much belief that things will get better for these characters - but you believe in them, which makes it even sadder.
November 14, 2013
while authentic and poignant, it's hardly a revelation
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