Sunshine Superman Reviews

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July 28, 2015
You may find "Sunshine Superman" exhilarating or you may find "Sunshine Superman" terrifying, but you almost surely will not find it boring.
June 9, 2015
Engrossing, tension-filled and utterly fascinating.
June 8, 2015
While the doc takes a conventional and even pedestrian approach -- with multiple talking-head interviews and some re-enactments with actors -- there is also plenty of spectacular archival footage showing jumps dating back to the 1960s.
June 8, 2015
[A] spectacular and affecting portrait.
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.
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
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
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 21, 2015
A bittersweet documentary about Carl Boenish, who looked at very tall things and saw an opportunity to leap.
May 21, 2015
Director Marah Strauch gives the film an exhilarating uplift of its own.
May 21, 2015
The film, like its subject and everyone who talks about him, is frustratingly short on analysis or insight.
May 21, 2015
The subjects themselves may soar, but the film that contains them remains frustratingly earthbound.
May 20, 2015
The exhilarating documentary "Sunshine Superman," which melds gorgeous aerial photography of Boenish's jumps with sublime musical cues, finds in Boenish a kind of poet-adventurer, equal parts pixie and desperado.
May 20, 2015
An informative, if not engrossing, history of a sport.
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