Sunshine State Reviews

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March 8, 2018
Who wants to complain abut an American movie that has too much on its mind? ... Best of all is Falco, whose bruised, brusque, soulful Southern girl banishes all traces of Carmela Soprano.
July 22, 2011
This well acted ensemble melodrama is not one of John Sayles' strongest films.
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2004
Sayles' writing is so good, and so convincing, he makes the experience more like reading a complex and well-researched novel than watching a movie.
January 12, 2004
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May 28, 2003
Sunshine State certainly ranks as one of the director's richest, most satisfying films.
February 2, 2003
January 30, 2003
Could have been much more than good, if only it didn't seem so unfocused, and so many characters didn't seem insufficiently explored.
January 9, 2003
Not all of the stories work and the ones that do are thin and scattered, but the film works well enough to make it worth watching.
December 31, 2002
December 13, 2002
John Sayles has crafted a bleak, not-so-happy view of what many parts of the sunshine state are really like as developers snap up and exploit what hasn't already been turned into a theme park, resort, or retirement community.
December 1, 2002
The shrillness of [Sayles's] more political films is gone, leaving a clear set of opinions but a more even-handed feel.
October 20, 2002
...as good as all the performances are, they just can't make up for the fact that it's just too darn long.
October 15, 2002
The dialogue is sharp and insightful, the cast is superb, the performances are rock-solid, the story is provocative and multilayered.
September 18, 2002
September 12, 2002
...Sayles continuously wrings stirring drama from everyday life.
September 9, 2002
Being a Sayles film, this has a way of looking at things with more patience and maturity than a plot summary might lead us to expect.
August 26, 2002
Exquisitely acted and masterfully if preciously interwoven... [the film] addresses in a fascinating, intelligent manner the intermingling of race, politics and local commerce.
August 20, 2002
A fiercely intelligent South Florida mosaic.
August 16, 2002
Sayles has a knack for casting, often resurrecting performers who rarely work in movies now ... and drawing flavorful performances from bland actors.
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