Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. The moments of accidental sweetness that emerge from these odd, ultra-lives are meltingly funny and touching.
  2. 90
    Lovely, lovely, lovely.
  3. A far more trenchant - and funnier - satire of the fame-afflicted than Woody Allen's "Celebrity."
  4. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    A wry, rambling, smart comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    (There's) a half dozen other deftly sketched show-biz desperadoes who make this slight but tangy sleeper such an unpretentious delight.
  6. 80
    Sugar Town's tunes are terrific, and the writing is sharp. But the typecasting is a work of genius.
  7. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Warmly funny ...wise little comedy.
  8. 79
    There's lots of sweet music to savor in this snide industry satire.
  9. 75
    Cuts between a rich assortment of characters; it's like a low-rent, on-the-fly version of Robert Altman's "The Player" or "Short Cuts."
  10. Isn't vicious. It's just cheerfully mocking as it courses the canyons and flatlands of Los Angeles.
  11. A real pleasure, a sweet, funny, ensemble comedy...utterly authentic.
  12. Reviewed by: Daniel Mangin
    Isn't profound, but it is's a pile of fun.
  13. 70
    Persuasive stylized drama.
  14. A shapeless comedy that is enjoyable to watch and often clever with its barbs -- and doesn't have very much to say.
  15. That durable, sexy powerhouse Beverly D'Angelo steals every scene she's in.
  16. Just because it's true to life doesn't mean it can sing.
  17. 63
    While entertaining with its swipes at everything from health food to the Latin pop craze, the semi-sweet story is about as deep and meaningful as a groupie grope.
  18. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Likable, but at times it's also inescapably sketchy and ramshackle.
  19. 60
    Never adds up to anything more substantial than shrewd observations. There's no dramatic core.
  20. May not rock the joint. But then, it isn't trying to.
  21. Diverting and sometimes humorous but sticks to the superficial ...not distinctive enough to make much of an impression.
  22. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    A hyped-down, no frills VH1 "Behind the Music" story...that is no doubt closer to reality than the fodder in the pages of "Rolling Stone."
  23. 40
    The performances are uneven and the loosely structured story never actually goes anywhere.
  24. 38
    An only fitfully engaging L.A. soap opera.
  25. A bad Altman impression of the L.A. rock scene.
  26. 30
    Neither as lively nor as tough as the original, and compared to the hardcore punk of "Border Radio," the score for Sugar Town sounds like Muzak.

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