Sunshine Superman Reviews

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June 5, 2015
Daring, Thrilling, Surprising - a well told true story
June 5, 2015
The two sides of the documentary more often exist alongside each other, rather than supporting them. Still, especially for people who aren't going to be throwing out chutes any time soon, it's a thrilling ride.
June 5, 2015
Boenish's enthusiasm and life-force energize Sunshine Superman whenever he's an onscreen presence; his absence proves to be a much harder thing to turn into compelling cinema.
June 4, 2015
Long before there were GoPros, there was Boenish, a camera mounted on his helmet, jumping from Yosemite's El Capitan or L.A. skyscrapers under construction.
June 1, 2015
A generally splendid documentary by Marah Strauch about people throwing themselves off cliffs. Literally.
May 29, 2015
Boenish's wife, Jean, who trained to jump with him, is interviewed extensively, and, although Strauch doesn't provide much backstory for her, she emerges as that rarity -- a perfect matchup to a seemingly unmatchable man.
May 29, 2015
Expectations for a significant understanding of Carl's inner drive are never met, leaving "Sunshine Superman" more of a commercial for BASE jumping than a study of its slippery founder.
May 29, 2015
A documentary about the founding father of base jumping makes extensive use of archival footage.
May 29, 2015
Sunshine Superman, named for the Donovan song, is about more than just Boenish. It's about the power of the image, something that Strauch uses to great effect.
May 28, 2015
The result is as much the portrait of a marriage as it is history of a sport and its founder, and if it occasionally feels repetitive or murky, its moments of magnificence remain undimmed.
May 28, 2015
The action shots are intoxicating, as close as most of us will get to feeling the jumpers' euphoria.
May 28, 2015
The real-life stunts are eminently suspenseful and exhilarating, and adrenaline junkies will be well pleased. For the uninitiated, however, Strauch's adoring treatment of the Boenishes may be a little hard to stomach.
May 28, 2015
[A] gripping documentary.
May 28, 2015
"Sunshine Superman" might seem like a niche story, with its focus on stunts that most people wouldn't dream of actually doing, but the documentary feels universal. It's simply an examination of how one man fully embraced life while charting his own path.
May 26, 2015
Strauch makes a compelling case for the exhilaration of living, and dying, on your own terms, a freedom so few of us ever truly experience.
May 22, 2015
First-time filmmaker Marah Strauch spent years crafting something of a perfect eulogy to Carl Boenish -- and her dedication to investigating his outsized life is palpable.
May 22, 2015
It's not a criticism to say this bittersweet documentary falls off a cliff.
May 22, 2015
The subject matter increasingly suggests a kind of cross between "Man On Wire" and "Grizzly Man," but unlike "Grizzly Man" director Werner Herzog, director Strauch has little interrogative spirit. There's no interest in exploring Boenish's contradictions.
May 22, 2015
...the existential angle of Boenish's story (as well as the unbeatable footage) elevates Sunshine Superman to a greater height.
May 22, 2015
simply spectacular
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