Sunshine State Reviews

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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.
August 12, 2002
Thanks to John Sayles, audiences can rely on a director who understands time and place like no other. If Altman weren't so fried he's make Sunshine State
August 9, 2002
Sunshine State resembles Sayles' sketchbook more than his finished work, and we might hope that something more polished might spring from it.
August 9, 2002
At its best, Sunshine State is vintage Sayles, full of richly drawn characters and witty dialogue.
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.
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.
August 9, 2002
Sunshine State is an efficient helping of Sayles, insightful even when it's not richly entertaining or imbued with apparent passion.
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.
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.
August 6, 2002
Edie Falco sparkles as a mermaid on dry land
August 4, 2002
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.
August 2, 2002
One of the most original American productions this year, you'll find yourself remembering this refreshing visit to a Sunshine State.
August 2, 2002
Sayles has an eye for the ways people of different ethnicities talk to and about others outside the group.
August 1, 2002
The story feels more like a serious read, filled with heavy doses of always enticing Sayles dialogue.
July 30, 2002
[Sayles] so desperately wants to tell when all he needs to do is show.
July 30, 2002
July 25, 2002
Successful as a simple series of intimate moments and vivid performances.
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.
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