The Sugarland Express Reviews

  • 3d ago

    The film progresses with a certain premise that starts off as a bizarre crime-comedy and it maintains itself on that frame for the majority of its runtime, but at times it stops playing with the goofs and pretends to be self-aware of what else it may accomplish in different territories, but even when Spielberg's direction is not always on point, Goldie Hawn maintains an enjoyable-naive presence throughout the whole film, adding plenty of its comedic element.

    The film progresses with a certain premise that starts off as a bizarre crime-comedy and it maintains itself on that frame for the majority of its runtime, but at times it stops playing with the goofs and pretends to be self-aware of what else it may accomplish in different territories, but even when Spielberg's direction is not always on point, Goldie Hawn maintains an enjoyable-naive presence throughout the whole film, adding plenty of its comedic element.

  • 3d ago

    The film progresses with a certain premise that starts off as a bizarre crime-comedy and it maintains itself on that frame for the majority of its runtime, but at times it stops playing with the goofs and pretends to be self-aware of what else it may accomplish in different territories, but even when Spielberg's direction is not always on point, Goldie Hawn maintains an enjoyable-naive presence throughout the whole film, adding plenty of its comedic element

    The film progresses with a certain premise that starts off as a bizarre crime-comedy and it maintains itself on that frame for the majority of its runtime, but at times it stops playing with the goofs and pretends to be self-aware of what else it may accomplish in different territories, but even when Spielberg's direction is not always on point, Goldie Hawn maintains an enjoyable-naive presence throughout the whole film, adding plenty of its comedic element

  • Mar 24, 2019

    sugary is certainly the term for this sort of film. this is the beginnings of the PG-13 Blockbuster Era that steven was the king of. these films are certainly good films but not my style, they are family films. i liked alien, jaws and duel, but then there came close encounters, ET, ghostbusters, star wars, indiana jones, home alone, jurassic park, forrest gump, castaway, waterworld, back to the future, titanic, meet the parents, artifical intelligence and so on leading up to today's films that are just like, every film is practically identical, made on a hollywood assembly line, following the hollywood formula to the letter, youve seen one youve seen them all, why bother

    sugary is certainly the term for this sort of film. this is the beginnings of the PG-13 Blockbuster Era that steven was the king of. these films are certainly good films but not my style, they are family films. i liked alien, jaws and duel, but then there came close encounters, ET, ghostbusters, star wars, indiana jones, home alone, jurassic park, forrest gump, castaway, waterworld, back to the future, titanic, meet the parents, artifical intelligence and so on leading up to today's films that are just like, every film is practically identical, made on a hollywood assembly line, following the hollywood formula to the letter, youve seen one youve seen them all, why bother

  • Sep 22, 2018

    High on tension and complexity, this true crime story makes a solid 2nd road movie from Spielberg after "Duel" as well as an engaging portrait of American craziness.

    High on tension and complexity, this true crime story makes a solid 2nd road movie from Spielberg after "Duel" as well as an engaging portrait of American craziness.

  • Jun 09, 2018

    Monotonous and boring. Meant to be funny but weak humour.

    Monotonous and boring. Meant to be funny but weak humour.

  • May 23, 2018

    Very good I liked a lot. Although not the best Steven Spielberg movie, it's very good. Highly recommend.

    Very good I liked a lot. Although not the best Steven Spielberg movie, it's very good. Highly recommend.

  • Apr 02, 2018

    A reprise mashup of "Vanishing Point" and "Bonnie & Clyde" before "Jaws" broke it big for Spielberg - and 10-minutes too long after the end has long become obvious. But there are a few of the Spielberg trademarks that appear in this West Texas supposedly true yarn - and a clear example of why Texans should never occupy the Oval Office. One trademark is the zoom-in-dolly-out, and its reverse, that had such visual impact with Roy Scheider in "Jaws." Here, the same optical lens effect is used looking over the shoulder of one of the snipers. Same thing, a good effect, but not so lauded in this nearly average film. Worth a look in the Spielberg canon but not nearly as fresh as the tomatoes suggest. A better film in this general genre is "Mean Dreams." | ~ Norm de Guerre

    A reprise mashup of "Vanishing Point" and "Bonnie & Clyde" before "Jaws" broke it big for Spielberg - and 10-minutes too long after the end has long become obvious. But there are a few of the Spielberg trademarks that appear in this West Texas supposedly true yarn - and a clear example of why Texans should never occupy the Oval Office. One trademark is the zoom-in-dolly-out, and its reverse, that had such visual impact with Roy Scheider in "Jaws." Here, the same optical lens effect is used looking over the shoulder of one of the snipers. Same thing, a good effect, but not so lauded in this nearly average film. Worth a look in the Spielberg canon but not nearly as fresh as the tomatoes suggest. A better film in this general genre is "Mean Dreams." | ~ Norm de Guerre

  • Feb 07, 2018

    Sugarland Express is a dark comedy about an escaped con and his wife who go to extreme lengths to get back to their child who has been taken from them. There are some good laughs, particularly in the early scenes, as we get to know these people and see how their personalities do not match the crimes they are committing. I found William Atherton to be excellent in the movie, and I love when he is actually using his brains to think a few steps ahead of the police. Goldie Hawn has always been a slightly annoying actress in my opinion, and she leans into that heavily for this role. I think it fits with some of the stuff she is doing, and the plot makes more sense with her than if they had cast some sweet and innocent actress. The story is so far-fetched that it becomes almost impossible for me to believe this is based on something that really happened. The actions of the police are ridiculous, but that plays into the comedy a little as well. The tone at the end is somewhat out of step with the rest of Sugarland Express, and it made the entire experience a bit disappointing for me. I think the first two acts are solid, and I would probably recommend the movie to others, but it lacks that something special to be as good as Spielberg’s great films.

    Sugarland Express is a dark comedy about an escaped con and his wife who go to extreme lengths to get back to their child who has been taken from them. There are some good laughs, particularly in the early scenes, as we get to know these people and see how their personalities do not match the crimes they are committing. I found William Atherton to be excellent in the movie, and I love when he is actually using his brains to think a few steps ahead of the police. Goldie Hawn has always been a slightly annoying actress in my opinion, and she leans into that heavily for this role. I think it fits with some of the stuff she is doing, and the plot makes more sense with her than if they had cast some sweet and innocent actress. The story is so far-fetched that it becomes almost impossible for me to believe this is based on something that really happened. The actions of the police are ridiculous, but that plays into the comedy a little as well. The tone at the end is somewhat out of step with the rest of Sugarland Express, and it made the entire experience a bit disappointing for me. I think the first two acts are solid, and I would probably recommend the movie to others, but it lacks that something special to be as good as Spielberg’s great films.

  • Jan 04, 2018

    Steven Spielberg's theatrical debut. This was his first "Big" budget Hollywood movie produced by Plant of the Apes Producer, Richard Zanuck. This is a Bonnie and Clyde story about a couple (Hawn, Atherton) who go on the run from the law to get back their child that was taken away by social services. Spielberg was only 27 when he made this movie but on the strength of it, he was offered JAWS, arguably his greatest movie and one of the greatest flicks of all time. SUGARLAND EXPRESS carries a lot of the Spielberg trademarks, most prominent is his ability to stage exciting chases sequences. Goldie Hawn is the heart and soul of this picture and she is magnificent. Her dramatic chops as well as the comedy she is so well know for are both on full display in Sugarland. This is one of her finest performances. This is also notable for being the first in the long and fruitful collaboration between Spielberg and the great maestro, John Williams. An excellent debut and just a tiny sample of the greatness to come from Mr. Spielberg.

    Steven Spielberg's theatrical debut. This was his first "Big" budget Hollywood movie produced by Plant of the Apes Producer, Richard Zanuck. This is a Bonnie and Clyde story about a couple (Hawn, Atherton) who go on the run from the law to get back their child that was taken away by social services. Spielberg was only 27 when he made this movie but on the strength of it, he was offered JAWS, arguably his greatest movie and one of the greatest flicks of all time. SUGARLAND EXPRESS carries a lot of the Spielberg trademarks, most prominent is his ability to stage exciting chases sequences. Goldie Hawn is the heart and soul of this picture and she is magnificent. Her dramatic chops as well as the comedy she is so well know for are both on full display in Sugarland. This is one of her finest performances. This is also notable for being the first in the long and fruitful collaboration between Spielberg and the great maestro, John Williams. An excellent debut and just a tiny sample of the greatness to come from Mr. Spielberg.

  • Aug 17, 2017

    Spielberg failure. I've never been able to finish this movie. Just not entertaining.

    Spielberg failure. I've never been able to finish this movie. Just not entertaining.