The Sugarland Express Reviews

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July 28, 2020
[The Sugarland Express] has a certain cinematic knack, but is all effect and no real humanity, all manipulation and splash, and no attempt at honest insight.
July 15, 2020
It is a decent road movie, which falls for the most trivial melodramatic exposition that Spielberg uses to synthesize the meaning of sacrifice from the perspective of the American family. [Full review in Spanish]
April 2, 2020
Spielberg's eye for detail is stated visually rather than through dialogue and the film offers many accurate vignettes of America's obsession with "heroes" and heroism.
December 16, 2019
Spielberg is a talented director who knows how to dazzle with fancy filmwork. His cast is an attractive one. The problem here is the script.
August 14, 2019
A brilliant film from the young Steven Spielberg who was just beginning his career. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 24, 2016
The pace falters near the end, but overall this is a brilliantly calculated audience pleaser.
June 24, 2016
With this role, Hawn further proves she was an actress of some talent and not just an attractive woman to be taken lightly.
June 24, 2016
The set pieces are beautifully handled, grizzled veteran Ben Johnson is watchable as the head cop on their tail, and, looking back, it's clear that Spielberg already held all the aces and knew how to deal them.
June 16, 2015
A tragi-comedy in which our modern beasts of burden ultimately exact revenge with horrific panache.
September 6, 2010
The Sugarland Express is not terribly original - Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands and The Getaway are indelibly marked in its DNA - but shows an already dazzling young filmmaker honing his skills and vision.
September 25, 2009
Steven Spielberg in Malickland, with dolly and zoom and a wagonload of familial issues
June 12, 2009
Modest but assured work.
February 20, 2009
Unfortunately, the film degenerates in final reels to heavy-handed social polemic and sound-and-fury shootout.
March 8, 2008
January 19, 2007
December 1, 2006
Reflecting the zeitgeist of mid-1970s America, this early Spieleberg picture is still one of his strongest, dealing with alienation, anarchy, and lack of control; Goldie Hawn gives an uncharacteristicaly forceful dramatic performance.
February 9, 2006
A beautifully put together, assured film.
December 22, 2005
One of the most purely fun and slyly political films Spielberg has ever made. One of Hawn's best performances.
October 20, 2005
October 29, 2004
[W]ould be mostly forgotten melodrama if it hadn't been directed by a kid named Steven Spielberg...
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