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.
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
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 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.
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.
July 14, 2002
A humane and moving film with real life values.
July 12, 2002
You can ignore the editorial bluntness and savor the smaller, sweeter details.
July 12, 2002
A densely layered, always absorbing whole.
July 12, 2002
The script overcomes its initial awkwardness and builds toward a climax that is as satisfying as it is open-ended.
July 12, 2002
Sayles' movies lack the fluidity and grace of Altman at his best, but his 'big statement' films -- and this is one -- demand our attention.
July 12, 2002
Count on his movie to work at the back of your neck long after you leave the theater.
July 12, 2002
At times, Sayles seems to be trying to wrangle an ornery alligator. But there are few filmmakers better at rendering the political personal.
July 12, 2002
Sunshine State is a fine example of a carefully written film. But you shouldn't be too aware that a movie is well-written.
July 12, 2002
Because we are so familiar with the conventional approach to a story like this, it takes time to catch on that Sayles is not repeating the old progressive line about the little guy against big capital.
July 11, 2002
The cast is uniformly excellent and relaxed.
July 11, 2002
Rings true for the most part, and explores human nature -- leashed and unleashed -- in ways that resonate.
July 11, 2002
A movie that sends you out of the theater feeling like you've actually spent time living in another community.
July 11, 2002
It's the kind of movie that, aside from Robert Altman, Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers and a few others, our moviemakers don't make often enough.
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.
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