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  • Summary: Sugar follows the story of Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Sugar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro De Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty. Playing professionally at a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, Miguel finally gets his break at age 19 when he advances to the United States’ minor league system; but when his play on the mound falters, he begins to question the single-mindedness of his life’s ambition. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. As the film plays out its melancholy story, we realize that what we are watching is far rarer than the usual sports flick.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    In its unhurried fashion, Sugar can take its place with the best baseball movies. Where most focus on the grand slam, this one's about the life that surrounds the game and everything that comes after.
  3. This one slice of the American experience amounts to one of the best films of the year.
  4. 83
    Instead of hitting all the usual beats, Sugar just moseys in a mostly delightful way.
  5. As good as it is because of the care and skill writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck bring to it, gifts that were visible in their first film, "Half Nelson," which earned a lead actor Oscar nomination for Ryan Gosling.
  6. 80
    This is a drama of shifting values and compromised ideals, arriving at a view of life that's wise, complicated, and tinged with melancholy.
  7. Sugar is a curiosity – too somber for a picaresque, too arm's-length for much emotional effect – and while it's interesting, it's never truly absorbing.

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