Sunshine State

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: David Denby
    60
    Has some of the wittiest writing Sayles has ever done for the movies and some of the best acting he's ever coaxed out of his performers, and the picture is a pleasant, if unexciting, experience. [8 July 2002, p.84]
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    Falco, light years from "The Sopranos," is exquisitely vulnerable and her scenes play well with Hutton, in his finest role in years as a good man who knows he's sold out.
  3. 60
    When Sayles has a compelling story line he's one of America's finest (Matewan, Lone Star), but when he doesn't he can be dull and unfocused. Filling out the latter category is this ensemble drama about piracy, both personal and economic, on an island off the coast of northern Florida.
  4. Like a blue plate special at a theme diner, Sunshine State comes with a lot of overdone side dishes thrown on the table at the same time.
  5. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    50
    The only gold in Sunshine State comes from its three female stars.
  6. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Sam Allis
    50
    There is almost no drama, nor any surprise, in this long effort.
  7. Despite his fascinating subject and an impressive cast -- Sayles lets his story drift in too many directions, as if he'd lost his Florida road map somewhere along the way during his travels.
  8. 50
    It's ambitious, sharply observed and spectacularly well-acted like so much of Sayles' canon. But it's also overstuffed and underdeveloped.
  9. An attempt at an epic. Sayles assembles a big cast and creates a mosaic of interweaving characters and story lines. But the stories are bland, the connections are incidental and the dramatic payoff is nonexistent.
  10. 40
    Sodden and glum, even in those moments where it's supposed to feel funny and light. It makes you feel trapped and flailing as the minutes tick by. If it encapsulates anything, it's the experience of drowning, not waving.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. PatC.
    Apr 16, 2007
    7
    This is a movie of dialogue between characters of unrelenting attitude. All the literary devices are here, heavy on the soliloquoys and This is a movie of dialogue between characters of unrelenting attitude. All the literary devices are here, heavy on the soliloquoys and forced platitudes. It's more of an expose than a story with a plot. What emerges is an implicit rebuke of all those who labor to fill our minds with an endless stream of B.S. In the end, while not being satisfying, it is still interesting and definitely has its moments. Full Review »
  2. FrankO.
    Jan 15, 2006
    10
    Anoterh John Sayles masterpiece. This was the 2nd time I watched this movie and enjoyed this again. It is a great character study of a local Anoterh John Sayles masterpiece. This was the 2nd time I watched this movie and enjoyed this again. It is a great character study of a local community facing over development by greedy developers...great ensemble cast. Full Review »