90

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 beautifully observed character study of an unmarried couple living on the economic margins.
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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 it is Dillon and Watts' nuanced portrayals that make "Sunlight's" darkness so appealing.
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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

Like "Sherrybaby," Sunlight Jr. explores the troubling gap that can open up between a person's aspirations and his or her reality. But Collyer never looks down on her characters; instead, her films have the quality of a good Springsteen song.
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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 flattering shades at the Walgreens?
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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 genuine love the characters share.
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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 the point that the film feels self-consciously shapeless.
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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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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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