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Sunshine State Reviews

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August 9, 2002
Sunshine State is Sayles at his most Robert Altman-ish, purposefully juggling about a dozen narrative balls in the air, and letting the mundanity and smallish drama of everyday life tell a larger story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 9, 2002
As expected, Sayles' smart wordplay and clever plot contrivances are as sharp as ever, though they may be overshadowed by some strong performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 9, 2002
Sunshine State is an efficient helping of Sayles, insightful even when it's not richly entertaining or imbued with apparent passion.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 9, 2002
Sunshine State has the structure, the theme, the style and, at 141 minutes, the length of a great John Sayles film. What it doesn't have, alas, is the merit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2002
The sand and soil provide merely the foundation for Sayles' engrossing story about class and race, the search for redemption and the impact of life's decisions.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
August 6, 2002
Edie Falco sparkles as a mermaid on dry land
August 2, 2002
This is geographic history as personal history, a look at a vanishing world before the tide of progress immerses it. It's also superb independent filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 2, 2002
One of the most original American productions this year, you'll find yourself remembering this refreshing visit to a Sunshine State.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 2, 2002
Sayles has an eye for the ways people of different ethnicities talk to and about others outside the group.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2002
The story feels more like a serious read, filled with heavy doses of always enticing Sayles dialogue.
| Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2002
[Sayles] so desperately wants to tell when all he needs to do is show.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 25, 2002
Successful as a simple series of intimate moments and vivid performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2002
Sunshine State lacks the brilliance of Sayles' most dynamic offerings, but, for those who don't mind an unhurried, deliberate narrative pace, this is a worthwhile offering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2002
Sayles' approach to his material can be archly didactic, but then there's Bassett and especially Falco, who both bring lived-in qualities to their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2002
It's ambitious, sharply observed and spectacularly well-acted like so much of Sayles' canon. But it's also overstuffed and underdeveloped.
July 18, 2002
[Sayles] often underlines his Big Themes ... and his camera is usually static, as if to say, 'Quiet, please. There are actors acting.' Or, rather, Acting.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2002
When Sayles is on top of his game he's not to be missed. Sunshine State is Sayles at his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 15, 2002
Like the best novels and films, it is about human lives in transition, with individuals mirroring the larger society as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 14, 2002
A humane and moving film with real life values.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 12, 2002
You can ignore the editorial bluntness and savor the smaller, sweeter details.
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