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The Sugarland Express Reviews

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October 23, 2004
If the movie finally doesn't succeed, that's because Spielberg has paid too much attention to all those police cars (and all the crashes they get into), and not enough to the personalities of his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 20, 2009
Unfortunately, the film degenerates in final reels to heavy-handed social polemic and sound-and-fury shootout.
October 29, 2004
[W]ould be mostly forgotten melodrama if it hadn't been directed by a kid named Steven Spielberg...
February 9, 2006
A beautifully put together, assured film.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 13, 2003
Masterful command of atmosphere and tone, great, understated performances.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2009
Steven Spielberg in Malickland, with dolly and zoom and a wagonload of familial issues
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2004
There's no question that this is a director with a God-given talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2003
Spielberg lets the story unfold at its own pace, invests the dialogue with pleasing zip, and demonstrates a level of visual ingenuity that becomes the film's great strength.
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
June 12, 2009
Modest but assured work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 28, 2002
We can see a little of ourselves in Lou Jean and Clovis, and we wish them the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 20, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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