Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
Visually, even compared to Sayles' own best work, it's somewhat prosaic - and dramatically, it suffers from the fact that its two main characters are kept so far apart. But the screenwriting and the cast redeem this film. Read full review
Few white directors depict racial interaction in a thoughtful, non-exploitative way, but Sayles has always been one of them. Read full review
Sayles' film moves among a large population of characters with grace, humor and a forgiving irony. Read full review
You can feel the heat that ignites this gripping tale, and the humor and humanity that root it in feeling. Sayles knows how to use his social conscience: He lets it rip. Read full review
Rings true for the most part, and explores human nature - leashed and unleashed - in ways that resonate. Read full review
Sayles is clearly aiming to construct a multilevel character study and sociological portrait, but too often the film lapses into a lecture. Read full review
Though his latest, Sunshine State, shows Sayles usual literary care, it's a very slight work compared with such cinematic tomes as "Lone Star," "Matewan" and "Eight Men Out." Read full review
Like a blue plate special at a theme diner, Sunshine State comes with a lot of overdone side dishes thrown on the table at the same time. Read full review
An attempt at an epic. Sayles assembles a big cast and creates a mosaic of interweaving characters and story lines. But the stories are bland, the connections are incidental and the dramatic payoff is nonexistent. Read full review
There is almost no drama, nor any surprise, in this long effort. Read full review
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