Honeydripper Synopsis
A man tries to pass off a drifter as a famous guitar player to save his club.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Rich with characters and flowing with music.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's about ordinary people living in the shadow of nagging, day-to-day racism, and about the music that reminds them of what's right with...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The subtlety is the beauty of it.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
In its first half, Honeydripper trickles. In its second, it really flows.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Typical of a pretty good Sayles movie. There are few, if any, heroes and villains.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
''Everything got a rhythm, even pulling cotton off the plant,'' a field hand offers helpfully. Like his eager young bluesman when he...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
His heart -- and musical soul -- is in the right place, but the film makes you at times uncomfortable with black and Southern stereotypes...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Like previous films by the literary-minded auteur John Sayles, Honeydripper takes forever to develop its characters, its period and its...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Has John Sayles finally lost his mojo? How anyone could take a subject like the moment the Delta blues went electric and suck the joy and...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
True to his stolid, humanist instincts and characteristically stodgy directorial style, writer-director John Sayles creates a story more...
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John Sayles at his best

By goofy226
I have been a longtime fan of the movies John Sayles has written and directed, my favorites being: "Matewan", "Eight Men Out", "The Secret Of Roan Inish", "Passion Fish" and "City of Hope". "LOne...


By pjtmht
John Sayles and Maggie Renzi ---- GENIUS!...


By kymbryonic
All the characters were likeable, even the "bad guys" & the story, the acting, etc. were marvelous. Loved it!...

Honeydripper Has Sweet Sound

By swimerC
Danny Glover and rest of cast bring subtle performances about lives that triumph over poverty and racism in 50s Alabama by way of music that was crucially changing from acoustic blues to electric...

Honeydripper's okay

By thomaslady
It's worth seeing Honeydripper at least once, mainly for the cast. It's a who's who of African American acting and singing talent. The story and some of the characters are a bit cliched and...


By 5683
Great casting. Excellent Acting. A bit of a predictable ending, but the story is well worth it....


By Joaquinmex
Great movie all should see if they like music. Why is it not still in Theaters here in Nashville, TN. Newspaper had it listed at Green Hills Theater and when we called for show times they informed us...

Music, heart and soul

By no_face
Larger than life characters, tuneful riffs. A dramatic journey to 1950's Alabama by master storyteller John Sayles. Sit back and enjoy as the scene is deliciously set for the genesis of rock 'n'...


By D-rod
A nice addition from the moviegoer's favorite independent filmaker who can do it all (write, edit, direct). Honeydripper has Sayles' typically competent cast telling the story of the birth of rock n'...

Musical Fable

By cactusgirl024
I would probably rate this movie wait for it to come out on video but Fandango doesn't have that as an option! It is a great movie I think to bring your children to and it clearly shows the struggle...

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Rated PG-13 | For brief violence and some suggestive material