• Released
  • November 15, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • Drama
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Sunlight Jr. Synopsis
Financial strain and an unplanned pregnancy threaten the stability of a poor couple's relationship.

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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon bring impressive emotional and physical heat to Sunlight Jr., director/screenwriter Laurie Collyer’s...
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
Though this is an emotionally driven movie, it never drifts into melodrama. Collyer is as pragmatic in her approach as her characters. But...
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80

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Incandescent performances by Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon and an unerring grasp of strip-mall-dominated Florida distinguish Sunlight Jr.
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75

NPR

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Like "Sherrybaby," Sunlight Jr. explores the troubling gap that can open up between a person's aspirations and his or her reality. But...
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75

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
It’s slightly tough to get onboard with the regal Naomi Watts sporting badly sprayed hair and frosted lipstick; surely there are more...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The film is merciless in showing the obstacles faced by a down-and-out couple in strip-mall Florida, but there's a modicum of hope in the...
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70

Village Voice

By John Oursler
Collyer has a keen eye for underrepresented populations, but she'd be better served in the future to scale back on the overstatement.
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67

The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez
Unflinchingly honest and grim, Sunlight Jr. is a valuable piece of work from a filmmaker who has a distinctive voice and concerns.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Abhimanyu Das
An admirable refusal to adhere to any overexposed poverty-porn templates, however, is taken a little too far in the opposite direction, to...
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63

RogerEbert.com

By Susan Wloszczyna
If Sunlight Jr. does anything, it is to shine a light on the fact that the American dream is a dormant notion for far too many.
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