Sunlight Jr. Reviews

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November 14, 2013
Empathy for the all-too-real plight of the working poor drives this heavy but bold indie. Sadly, though, it falters under the weight of too much drama.
November 14, 2013
Sunlight Jr. is what is often described as a slice-of-life drama, but this one is more of a tiny sliver, and it doesn't leave you with much to chew on.
November 14, 2013
Only those viewers who assume that convenience-store clerks in their 40s enjoy lives of luxury and have limitless options will do much more than shrug in acknowledgement, feeling incredibly grateful not to be stuck in that rut.
November 13, 2013
Instead of reflective, Sunlight Jr. feels calculated -- 90 minutes of cinematic flagellation without the expected profundity.
November 13, 2013
This is that rare movie that observes the lower class with an eye toward understanding precisely how such an economic prison forms and is perpetuated.
Top Critic
November 13, 2013
Be forewarned: The depression is inescapable.
November 12, 2013
The one real takeaway here is not that things are tough all over, or that movie stars equate slumming with authenticity; it's that no actor should be asked to do a sexy dance to Crazy Town's "Butterfly." Ever.
November 12, 2013
Collyer has a keen eye for underrepresented populations, but she'd be better served in the future to scale back on the overstatement.
November 11, 2013
This sensitively observed humanistic drama features deeply moving performances by Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.
November 11, 2013
Incandescent performances and an unerring grasp of milieu distinguish this latest feature from Sherrybaby helmer Laurie Collyer.
November 11, 2013
Collyer is a gifted storyteller with a knack for writing damaged characters who can't seem to rise above their impossible odds.
October 27, 2013
Gritty, bleak, but you never lose the sense that the actors -- especially Watts -- are smarter than their characters.
October 21, 2013
A bleak, well-acted social drama evoking the problems of the American working class.
October 7, 2013
As Collyer risks caricature,...Watts and Dillon ease Sunlight Jr. back to more grounded, fundamental truths.
July 28, 2013
An atypical American social realist film that offers a low-key and somber look at the country's underclass
April 25, 2013
Crafting another well-intentioned, socially conscious film built around a strong female performance, Laurie Collyer drops Sunlight Jr. on audiences like a bomb.
April 24, 2013
Unflinchingly honest and grim, Sunlight Jr. is a valuable piece of work from a filmmaker who has a distinctive voice and concerns.
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