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  • Summary: A couple takes a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 25, 2013
    90
    This confident first feature from the actor Amy Seimetz is much more invested in atmosphere than in plot.
  2. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Apr 24, 2013
    83
    Like "Upstream Color," Sun Don’t Shine owes a sizable debt to the philosophical lyricism of Terrence Malick. Working wonders on a tight budget, Seimetz uses handheld cameras and tight compositions to create an air of claustrophobic intensity interspersed with moments of ragged beauty.
  3. Reviewed by: Mirisam Bale
    Dec 20, 2013
    80
    Amy Seimetz's richly textured debut is assured in every choice, from first frame to last.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Apr 23, 2013
    70
    Although the film may not always be as aesthetically involving as better-budgeted productions, the performances are really the point, so by keeping focused on her actors Seimetz succeeds in making it all work.
  5. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Apr 23, 2013
    67
    It’s an interesting hybrid of the relationship movie, mumbly indie and dark murder film, and the combination works here, for the most part.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Apr 23, 2013
    60
    Seimetz takes advantage of the eccentric cultural/natural landscape of central Florida to vivid effect, gets impressive if seldom endearing work from her actors, and seems very much in charge of an assertive if not always explicable presentation.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 23, 2013
    40
    By the time this modest microindie noir starts laying its cards on the table, your attention will have already folded.

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