Metascore
62

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. 80
    Sugar Town's tunes are terrific, and the writing is sharp. But the typecasting is a work of genius.
  5. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    80
    A wry, rambling, smart comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    80
    Warmly funny ...wise little comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    (There's) a half dozen other deftly sketched show-biz desperadoes who make this slight but tangy sleeper such an unpretentious delight.
  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. A real pleasure, a sweet, funny, ensemble comedy...utterly authentic.
  11. Isn't vicious. It's just cheerfully mocking as it courses the canyons and flatlands of Los Angeles.
  12. Reviewed by: Daniel Mangin
    70
    Isn't profound, but it is perceptive...it's a pile of fun.
  13. 70
    Persuasive stylized drama.
  14. That durable, sexy powerhouse Beverly D'Angelo steals every scene she's in.
  15. A shapeless comedy that is enjoyable to watch and often clever with its barbs -- and doesn't have very much to say.
  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
    63
    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. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    50
    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."
  22. Diverting and sometimes humorous but sticks to the superficial ...not distinctive enough to make much of an impression.
  23. 40
    The performances are uneven and the loosely structured story never actually goes anywhere.
  24. A bad Altman impression of the L.A. rock scene.
  25. 38
    An only fitfully engaging L.A. soap opera.
  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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