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  • Summary: Set in the underbelly of usually sunny Florida, Melissa Winters (Naomi Watts) works as a cashier at the local convenience store, Sunlight Jr. She lives in a seedy motel with her boyfriend Richie (Matt Dillon), a former TV repairman who lives month-to-month on his government disabilitySet in the underbelly of usually sunny Florida, Melissa Winters (Naomi Watts) works as a cashier at the local convenience store, Sunlight Jr. She lives in a seedy motel with her boyfriend Richie (Matt Dillon), a former TV repairman who lives month-to-month on his government disability check, spending most of it at a neighborhood tavern. When an unexpected pregnancy takes their lives in a new direction, they are forced to examine the realities of both of their lives, and to face tough choices about what lies on the horizon. [Gravitas Ventures] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 14, 2013
    90
    Though this is an emotionally driven movie, it never drifts into melodrama. Collyer is as pragmatic in her approach as her characters. But it is Dillon and Watts' nuanced portrayals that make "Sunlight's" darkness so appealing.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 27, 2013
    80
    Incandescent performances by Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon and an unerring grasp of strip-mall-dominated Florida distinguish Sunlight Jr.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Nov 14, 2013
    75
    It’s slightly tough to get onboard with the regal Naomi Watts sporting badly sprayed hair and frosted lipstick; surely there are more flattering shades at the Walgreens?
  4. 63
    Try as she might, Collyer cannot help but judge these people, a not-quite-fatal flaw in a movie about the down and out.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 8, 2013
    60
    As Collyer risks caricature—if a caricature of Florida is even possible at this point—Watts and Dillon ease Sunlight Jr. back to more grounded, fundamental truths.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Nov 13, 2013
    58
    Sunlight Jr. is one no-hope bummer after another, and it’s just not psychologically or sociologically acute enough to make the experience worthwhile. Watching anyone over 30 working for minimum wage would achieve the same goal in about 15 minutes.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 12, 2013
    40
    The one real takeaway here is not that things are tough all over, or that movie stars equate slumming with authenticity; it’s that no actor should be asked to do a sexy dance to Crazy Town’s “Butterfly.” Ever.

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  1. Mar 19, 2014
    5
    The only reason I scored "Sunlight Jr. as high as 5 is because it was done well enough to keep me from walking out on it. Otherwise a 4 wouldThe only reason I scored "Sunlight Jr. as high as 5 is because it was done well enough to keep me from walking out on it. Otherwise a 4 would have done it. Never has such good acting, directing, and cinematography been so wasted on a bad script. Anyone who rates this higher than a "5", I would ask them, what on earth did this movie do? If you're going to make a gritty depressing movie you had better have something more to say in the end than, that's all, folks! Expand

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