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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. MarkP
    Apr 24, 2009
    10
    A superb, engaging, cliche busting film that is about far more than baseball. Excellent performances from non-pros, marvelous cinematography. One of the best little films of the year. Expand
  2. dragonpenchant
    May 29, 2009
    9
    Utterly fantastic. breaks formula without trying too hard. transcends stereotypes and totally gets baseball right.
  3. paigeg
    Sep 1, 2009
    9
    Brilliant film, engaging and beautifully filmed. Also worth seeing though so the doc Road to the Big Leagues as it is the real story!
  4. RyanD
    Sep 1, 2009
    9
    Was shocked they had this movie in my local Redbox. It did not disappoint. The acting is phenomenal, and the emotion is raw. The script had me constantly guessing what would happen next. A real, honest examination of life, its many paths, and the choices we make. Collapse
  5. PatG
    Apr 10, 2009
    8
    I have no interest in baseball, and I thought this was an engaging movie. The human interest story is rich and thought-provoking. All of you who have no interest in baseball, fear not! This movie is well worth your time. And those who love baseball will get a double reward from the sports and the life. It does give an intriguing look at the immigrant experience, among other riches. I highly recommend it. Expand
  6. judyby
    Apr 22, 2009
    7
    I applaud the fact that this film forces us to decide what is won and what is lost in this story. The character of Sugar is rich, complex and hits just the right notes. The Christian granddaughter plot doesn't carry its own weight, I'd edit. A little backstory on what happened to Sugar's father was needed. And, my final question: Was Mrs. Higgins supposed to be Susan Sarandon from Bull Durham in her later years?? Then a few scenes were DEFINITELY missing. Expand

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