Sunset Story

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  1. Utterly unsentimental, deeply moving.
  2. One of the strengths of Sunset Story is that it introduces us to a pair of extraordinary women who have kept their dignity and independence in a world that conspires against them having either. The story of Lucille and Irja may break your heart, but it will also make your day.
  3. You probably won't find two more fascinating camera subjects, two livelier conversationalists or two richer, more rewarding, more engaging and inspiring companions in any movie, fiction or non-fiction, this year.
  4. 80
    This well-crafted documentary shows us that getting old isn't all that terrible.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    Tender, sensitive Sunset Story sidesteps a maudlin tone for a wide-ranging account of two fragile but opinionated retirees.
  6. 80
    Friendship is portrayed here in its finest form.
  7. 80
    Aside from the women themselves, the most remarkable thing about Gabbert's unexpectedly entertaining film is how effortlessly it dispels misconceptions about the elderly.
  8. 80
    It's the cinematic equivalent of glancing up at the sky and taking a good deep breath.
  9. 80
    The result is a wonderfully humorous take on a seldom-broached subject.
  10. 75
    You'll delight in their friendship - and weep when they're separated by the inevitable.
  11. 70
    Has its share of look-at-these-cute-old-commies laughs… But Gabbert mostly avoids making her subjects into hobbling punch lines, or even turning them into one-dimensional heroes.
  12. The two main characters are both so funny, human and touching that Sunset Story ultimately possesses an emotional quality missing from many similarly themed efforts.
  13. It's a poignant, realistic depiction of the ­elderly, far from the typical view of them as quaint and useless.

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