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Sunshine State Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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
Nick Schager
Matinee Magazine
June 18, 2002
Sayles ... once again strands his superb performers in the same old story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kit Bowen
June 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
June 24, 2002
Rich in thoughtful ideas, but disappointingly uneven in dramatic power
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 7, 2002
...Sayles repeats his formula in a faded Florida beach town with distinctly lesser returns
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Anderson
June 21, 2002
With Sunshine State, the question isn't so much what you want, but what you can stand.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 28, 2002
Writer-director John Sayles is too intelligent and too conscientious ever to make a frivolous movie. But he has made a lifeless one with Sunshine State.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 2, 2002
Sunshine State surveys the landscape and assesses the issues with a clear passion for sociology. But the cinematography is cloudy, the picture making becalmed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 12, 2002
Several plotlines with familial duty, greed and desperation as the central themes with a mix of serious topics and small-town humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shawn Levy
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.
Jack Zink
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 12, 2002
The average local news columnist has a bigger rant on the war between modern landscape architecture and small-town America.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 5, 2002
Sunshine State lacks the kind of dynamic that Limbo offers, and in some ways is a rather indulgent piece.
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Sam Allis
Boston Globe
June 28, 2002
Neither the acting nor the script elevates the film above a ham-fisted morality play dripping with earnestness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 18, 2002
Watching it is rather like an overlong visit from a large group of your relatives. As your relatives swap one mundane story after another, you begin to wonder if they are ever going to depart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
May 25, 2002
While you could never fault Sayles for speedy exposition, the donkey-cart pace makes you want to whip the thing along.
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Stephanie Zacharek
June 20, 2002
Sodden and glum, even in those moments where it's supposed to feel funny and light.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
June 21, 2002
A dull, plodding, overly long drama that goes nowhere (unless around in circles counts as somewhere)
| Original Score: 4/10
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 21, 2002
Got some good, organic character work, lots of obvious political insights and little room for engaging, imaginative filmmaking in its nearly 2 1/2-hour, dissipated length.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 28, 2002
You can agree with Sayles' questioning of land abuse, get-rich scams and weasel politics, and also savor his love of the small black enclave holding onto its roots, but yearn for real drama and style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 6, 2002
Although ripe for an auteurist deconstruction, it falls short of the standard Sayles set for himself in his middle-late work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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